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Brandon Marshall recalls the time Tom Brady called him out

Tom Brady challenged Brandon Marshall in the 2015 AFC Championship game and it didn’t work out for him.

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After a big pick six on Trevor Siemian on Wednesday during Denver Broncos training camp, Brandon Marshall was asked about being targeted by quarterbacks in the passing game. He recalled a moment in one of the biggest games of his career against one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, Tom Brady.

Tom Brady brazenly called his number out to telegraph where he was going with the football on that down.

“Actually, in the AFC Championship game, we played the Patriots,” Marshall said. “It was like a second down. Tom Brady broke the huddle, looked at James White and said, ‘You got No. 54. Get open.’ It was before the play even started. He didn’t even read the defense. He just said, ‘You got No. 54. Get open.’ I took it as a challenge. I was offended at first. Then, I covered him, he didn’t catch the ball. That’s what they do. They find their match ups and it is what it is.”

Marshall couldn’t believe Brady did that.

“He said it so loud like he wanted me to hear it,” Marshall said of his reaction to Brady calling him out. “But that was the first, and last time. The first and only that I’ve heard. I’m pretty sure in the huddle they say we’re going to work the linebacker. But Brady said it loud. I looked at Brady and I looked at James White and thought, that’s how you feel? Okay.”

Fortunately for Marshall, Brady probably regretted his troll as the pass fell incomplete. Still, a moment like that with the Super Bowl on the line is incredible and provides insight into how competitive Brady is as a player.

In the end, it was Marshall and the Broncos who hoisted the Lombardi Trophy, while Brady had to wait another year.

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