It's like Christmas in New England, as the Patriots and their devoted fans get their beloved Tom Brady back at Gillette Stadium.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft told NFL Network's Stacey Dales on Sunday to expect a star-studded turnout to celebrate the quarterback's homecoming on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
"We're all excited," Kraft said. "We definitely have all the A-listers, they usually don't come out till the end of the season. But the request for tickets today are off the charts. A lot of it is Tommy's homecoming, so to speak. People are really excited. Being in Cleveland last week, this is my 21st season as an owner, and I never have been at the tunnel, waiting to go out on the field about an hour before the game, and I hear people chanting, "Brady, Brady!" It was really amazing. I have no tickets left. That's really a tribute to Tommy, and what he's accomplished. Having him back, we're all excited."
The Patriots will also be selling Jay Z-inspired T-shirts to commemorate Brady's return, which feature lyrics from the rapper's song “Public Service Announcement.”
The Patriots went 3-1 with backup quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett under center during Brady's four-game ban. But the veteran reminded us what we've been missing when he dominated in his regular-season debut last Sunday in a 33-13 win over the Cleveland Browns, finishing 28-for-40 for 406 yards and three touchdowns.
Through the first half of Sunday's game, Brady was 12-for-16 for 136 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots held a 10-7 lead.