Tom Brady made his triumphant return to the field on Thursday as the Patriots hosted the Packers. Ok, it was a meaningless preseason game, and he finished 1 of 4 for 10 yards before taking a seat after one quarter of work.
The highlight of the evening? It came before kickoff, when Brady made his way onto the Gillette Stadium turf for the firs time. His walk-out music? Jay Z's Public Service Announcement.
The line "Allow me to reintroduce myself" might seem like an obvious message to commissioner Roger Goodell, the man who upheld Brady's four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate. Except that, as it stands, Brady remains suspended until October. And, perhaps more importantly, this isn't the first time Brady made his way onto the field as Public Service Announcement played.
In fact, Brady's done it for years, and he was asked about it on Jan. 1, 2014 (via MassLive.com).
Reporter: “Your walkout music, the Jay Z song, was that your choice or do they just play that for you?”
Brady: “That’s been my choice for a long time.”
Reporter: “What is it about that song?”
Brady: “I’m a big fan of his.”
So there you go, mystery solved. There are no underlying messages other than we're reminded that Brady's "a big fan." (Related: Also a big Jay Z fan? Patriots' owner Robert Kraft.)