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Tom Brady on Jimmy Garoppolo: ‘He’s a great friend and always will be’

Tom Brady on Jimmy Garoppolo: “He’s a great friend and always will be.”
Tom Brady on Jimmy Garoppolo: “He’s a great friend and always will be.”(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/File)

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady addressed the Jimmy Garoppolo trade — but didn’t elaborate much — during his weekly interview on Westwood One radio.

“Jimmy was a great teammate and he’s a great friend and always will be. I want the very best for him,” Brady told Westwood One host Jim Gray in a four-minute conversation. You can listen to that interview by clicking here.

Brady noted that he’s seen Garoppolo evolve from a 2014 second-round draft pick into a solid quarterback.

“He’s put in all the effort,” Brady said. “I’ve watched him for 3½ years and I really enjoyed working with him. Hopefully he goes on and does a great job.”

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And Garoppolo received perhaps the greatest compliment a player like Brady will offer.

“He earned the trust of his teammates and the respect of his teammates, and that’s all you can ask for as a player,” Brady said.

Brady downplayed a question about his future in the NFL.

“I’m focused on this season,” he said, “and I’m sure that’s where everyo9ne else in our organization is focused.”


Sean Smyth can be reached at sean.smyth@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.