Shaq Barrett: “I Tried To Influence The [Tom Brady] Situation”

July 21st, 2022

Shaq Barrett

Joe has heard many Buccaneers say they respected Tom Brady’s retirement when he quit the game in February. But not every player left Brady alone with his decision during his 40-day retirement.

Joe stands and applauds every Bucs player, coach or suit who reached out to Brady and pleaded with him to come back, whether directly or in a more subtle manner. There certainly was no harm in poking Brady by telling him how great, needed and wanted he was.

Shaq Barrett was one of those special guys. As Shaq explained on The Rich Eisen Show yesterday, he sent Brady multiple direct messages to lure him back to the Bucs.

“I tried to influence the situation,” Shaq said.

Did Shaq’s harassing make a difference? He said he’s “not naive enough” to think it mattered, but Shaq said he’s glad he give it a shot.

As for the 2022 season, Shaq said he will miss one departed Buccaneer: Bucco Bruce Arians. Specifically, Shaq said things won’t be quite the same without Arians tearing into players at practice.

“I liked hearing B.A. go off a little bit. It was fun,” Shaq said, noting he enjoyed watching the reactions of his teammates. He also said he didn’t know of any player who took Arians’ ripping personally. Joe will asssume Shaq and Antonio Brown were not close.

15 Responses to “Shaq Barrett: “I Tried To Influence The [Tom Brady] Situation””

  1. David Says:

    Every single player who’s ever played for him and every single coach say how great BA is… Except the immature diva that is AB. And yet… There are some fans on here who still defend AB and think BA is a bad coach. LoL.
    Never mind what every professional in the NFL says or the Super Bowl ring…
    The guy at home on his couch knows best. Laughable

  2. ModHairKen Says:

    Shaq is a good man. Glad he’s here.

  3. mark2001 Says:

    AB took everything personally.

  4. stpetebucsfan Says:

    A.B. is a stone cold “head case” who has been an off field, locker room DISASTER wherever he’s played.

    He is the literal definition of a locker room “cancer”! His exit was preordained the Bucs were lucky to get as much out of this loser as they did. His talent is exceptional…his emotions are totally out of control. GOOD RIDDANCE!

  5. mark2001 Says:

    Know how Shaq feels. In the service when the DI, or TI, depending on your persuasion, tore into another guy for some small thing, and you know no one was really going to get hurt. It was funny…. sometimes had to muster everything to have to keep from ROTFL. Can almost hear it 40 or 50 years later…. “What do you think you are doing, Boy?” with that southern drawl.

  6. mark2001 Says:

    “Eck-sur-size bee–gin”…. In that southern drawl. Makes me laugh to this day.

  7. GOB Says:

    Hopefully, things will not be the same without BA. The terms autopilot, and asleep at the wheel come to mind. Anyone who believes that Brady didn’t have a hand in the coaching change, isn’t being objective. Do you really believe if Brady wanted him, he wouldn’t have coached this year? Believe me, if Brady had asked him to stay, BA would’ve told everyone. Just what does a special assistant to the GM do? He’s being paid to be quiet. He has zero front office experience, and his role this year is about the same as last, ceremonial.

  8. CleanHouse Says:

    I’d be happy to have AB back if he could
    Get w
    The program

  9. Dooley Says:


    We’re talking about one of the best WRs of the past 10 years and w/o the numerous mental melt down, probably someone who was already being sized up for a gold jacket. Now, it’s more likely HOF voters will wait until Browns deceased before putting him on the podium at a Canton induction in front of a hot mic. Also, the man quit on a team because he wasn’t getting what he wanted on the field of play to meet his incentives even if had he just played the season out, he would’ve gotten his money. Especially with an OC like Leftwich who Shady McCoy said toward the tail end of the season asked all his offensive guys about how close they were to reaching certain incentives so they can get paid. Dynamite football player, but tragically AB is the only person that can stop AB on or off the field

  10. GOB Says:

    AB situation is sad all around. When you hurt others, and yourself it’s a sign of self loathing. Brady did everything but babysit the man, and he still self destructed. No amount of Alex Guerrero and Tony Robbins voodoo was going to help the guy. He was a bad kid, a bad adult, and a bad teammate. Because of his talent, he had his ass kissed throughout his career. Bradys project failed, and they would’ve won the Superbowl without him.

  11. Maniac Buc Says:

    It doesn’t matter how good a person Bruce is, the AB situation is and always will be BA fault. His handling of that situation cost us another Super Bowl. That was the moment I no longer wanted him as a coach. So him being gone and Bowles be promoted, even though I would prefer Leftwich as the Head Coach, was a good day for me!!!

  12. Mond Says:

    Funny how AB name always get brought back up .
    Quitting & getting fired are two different things . People must have forgotten what happened in Pittsburgh with BA & AB .
    The same thing in Tampa . They got rid of BA ass . The same way . A fake retirement .
    And I guess Tom took BA serious enough to get rid of him .
    And all these bucs fan going be saying different things about AB once Tom gets him back on the team .
    Oh & why would a team pay a 6 rd draft pick a big extension after two years & was coming off the bench for 9 games .🤔🤔 Because BA was treating AB wrong & Big Ben finally had enough & say something about it . Then Pittsburgh sign AB to a big contract & got rid of BA . Go do your research . .

  13. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I wonder how Adam’s feels about BA??

  14. Listnfrmafar Says:

    OOPS almost forgot Ronald Jones, Whitehead, ya I’m sure everyone loved BA.

  15. '79 Defense Says:

    Are we the only team who had a player quit in the middle of a game and walk off the field? As much success as we’ve had recently, it seems only fitting that it would happen to the Bucs.