Jets Coach Robert Saleh Fine W/ Rookie Getting Tom Brady's Autograph After Loss
Jets Coach Robert Saleh Fine With Rookie Getting Brady's Autograph ... Despite Crushing Loss
1/3/2022 3:15 PM PT
3:10 PM PT -- Jets head coach Robert Saleh says he has absolutely no issue with Echols getting Brady's signature following the loss ... even if the optics of it weren't the best.
"I have no problem with it," the 42-year-old said. "Not at all."
Saleh told reporters that he believes Echols "cares that we lost." He also called the rookie's request to Brady "ballsy."
"To be able to pick off a guy like Tom Brady," Saleh added, "I'm not sure how many guys can say that."
A New York Jets rookie was so fired up to have competed against Tom Brady -- he straight up asked the GOAT for his autograph on the field ... despite losing the game in heartbreaking fashion just minutes prior.
Cameras caught the interesting interaction following Sunday's Bucs vs. Jets game at MetLife Stadium ... showing Jets corner Brandin Echols asking for Brady's John Hancock even though the QB had just beaten his team.
Brady out there signing autographs for opponents. pic.twitter.com/bOoNMojhSP— Brandon Beyer (@beyernews) January 2, 2022 @beyernews
In the footage, you can see Echols handed Brady a ball ... gave him a hug -- and then dapped him up after Tom signed the pigskin.
Of course, the ball no doubt carries a special meaning for Echols -- it was reportedly the same football the 24-year-old had intercepted off Brady earlier in the day.
BIG PICK FOR THE ROOK @matayo_echols!!#TBvsNYJ on FOX pic.twitter.com/DhR1vuIQfg— New York Jets (@nyjets) January 2, 2022 @nyjets
Still, Jets fans weren't exactly pleased to see the autograph-seeking go down ... considering Brady had just ripped their team's heart out.
Tom successfully led Tampa Bay from down 24-10 to a 28-24 win ... and seems NY fans would have preferred Echols to seek out the signature at a later date.
But, let's be real -- even if they pulled out a win, the 4-12 Jets' season is still over regardless ... so, lighten up.
Originally Published -- 8:51 AM PT