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Tom Brady on Donald Trump’s Inauguration: ‘I Don’t Have Much to Say’

He ducked a reporter's question about Inauguration Day

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Even on Inauguration Day, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had no interest in talking about President Donald Trump.

Asked about Trump's inauguration and the comments the president made on Thursday night about Brady calling to congratulate him, Brady deflected the question.

"I don't have much to say," he said at Friday's media availability. "Did I call him? Let's talk about football."

Brady went on to answer several other questions about Sunday's game, but his entire press conference lasted less than five minutes.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was also asked about Trump at his Friday morning press conference. He also offered a less-than-enthused response.

When he was asked if he'd ever been mentioned by a president-elect at an inauguration before, he responded with, "I don't know. We've got a big game."

Other than that, Belichick was mostly in a good mood. He cracked a few jokes and even smiled a couple times - a break from his usual press conference persona.

A question about the three Rutgers alums who had interceptions Saturday - Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon and Logan Ryan - elicited a smile from Belichick as he talked about how hard he rode the three defensive backs after a poor preseason performance last year.

His signature sarcasm was also on full display. At one point during the press conference he stopped and quipped, "Where's all the stuff from Wednesday? It all got thrown out? The helmets and the ..." He was referring to the Patriots and Steelers helmets and the replica of the AFC Championship trophy that were present for the Patriots media availability earlier in the week.

The Patriots are scheduled to face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 6:40 p.m. Sunday.

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