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Tom Brady visits alma mater’s football team

Tom Brady signaled to the sidelines during Friday’s game against the Buccaneers.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

Tom Brady signaled to the sidelines during Friday’s game against the Buccaneers.

With the Patriots in Michigan for their preseason game against the Detroit Lions Thursday night, quarterback Tom Brady took the opportunity to visit the University of Michigan football team in nearby Ann Arbor.

Brady, who played at Michigan from 1996-99, spent time with Michigan coach Brady Hoke, who introduced him at Schembechler Hall to address this year’s team.

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“Every man in this room is counting on you,” Brady told the players. “And every player that’s ever worn this helmet is counting on you, because you guys are the ones that are lucky enough to play for Michigan.”

It was Brady’s first visit to see a Michigan team since 2007, Hoke said.

“I love Michigan, and I love the history of the school, and I love what the history and the tradition of this school is all about,” Brady said.

“When I came here almost 19 years ago, it was just important for me to see how many important and special players would come back to this school and program and talk to the younger players. I’m very fortunate to be able to have the opportunity to do that.”

Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.
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