Tom Brady didn’t seem to take Antonio Cromartie’s comments to heart. But you can be sure they have been filed away in his memory.
“Oh yeah?” Brady said when told that Cromartie had used expletives to describe his hatred of the Patriots’ quarterback. “I’ve been called worse.”
Brady was very complimentary of Cromartie’s play, for what that’s worth. But the last defensive back to speak out against Brady and the Patriots (although not with such a personal attack) was Steelers safety Anthony Smith in 2007 when he guaranteed a Pittsburgh victory over New England. Brady picked Smith and the Steelers apart in that game.
As for Cromartie’s main (and more printable) point that Brady is a showboat, Brady did not deny the charges, describing himself as “an emotional player” and saying that any outbursts or finger-pointing or celebrating are “in the spirit of the game and the competition.”
Brady was asked if it is more fun to play a team like the Jets where the two teams clearly dislike each other (even if only one of them verbalizes it).
"Is it more fun? It's always more satisfying to win," Brady said. "Especially in games like this, not that you need more satisfaction to win in a game like this because it's the biggest game we played all season and I'm always satisfied when we win. I think there's certainly big games that we had against them. The last game at home was a very big game, that was very satisfying, so this one will be satisfying also if we win."
Other than that, Brady was pretty dismissive of what the Jets are saying.
“We’re just going to get ready to play,” Brady said. “I’m more concerned about what our offense does. We’re spending our time getting ready to play. I don’t think we spend a lot of time trying to figure out what we can do to combat what people may say about us. Not everybody has great things to say about our team or our organization. That’s kind of the way it’s always been. We’re just going to do our talking on the field, like we’ve always chosen to do.”