Tom Brady proves he’s still a Michigan Man at heart with gift to OSU’s Chase Young

Detroit Free Press

Ryan Ford
 
| Detroit Free Press

Tom Brady is two decades removed from his time in Ann Arbor, but he’s still a Michigan Man, through and through.

Just ask Washington Football Team defensive end Chase Young.

Young was drafted out by Washington out of Ohio State with the No. 2 overall pick in April and is a favorite to take home the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award next month.

Still, he had Brady (and, by extension, Michigan) on his mind when Washington clinched a playoff berth in the final game, declaring, “I want Tom!”

Young didn’t bring Brady down during the Bucs’ 31-23 win over Washington in the wild-card round, but he got close enough to request Brady’s jersey after the game (properly cleaned, of course, in the coronavirus age).

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As the two exchanged postgame words of respect, Brady promised to get his jersey to Young.

And the ex-Wolverine delivered, autographing a No. 12 Bucs jersey with “Best of Luck!” and, naturally, “Go Blue!”

Young didn’t seem to mind the pro-Maize-and-Blue propaganda, though, posting shots of the jersey on social media and tagging Brady.

Makes sense, too. After all, Young could inscribe “3-17” on a jersey for Brady. That’s the Wolverines’ record against the Buckeyes since Brady left for the NFL after the 1999 season.

Contact Ryan Ford at rford@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @theford.

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