“I thought it was a prank,” Russell Gage shocked to receive phone call from Tom Brady before joining the Buccaneers

Tom Brady called Russell Gage before the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver signed his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Russell Gage and Tom Brady

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are enjoying their off season at the moment, especially after they were blessed with Tom Brady‘s return from retirement. Along with him, they have also brought in a wide receiver in the form of Russell Gage, who will in all probability play as the third choice WR behind, Chris Gidwin and Mike Evans.

The former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver, signed a three year deal with the Buccaneers, and will pocket about $30 million through his contract. Before signing the contract, Russell Gage revealed that he received a phone call from Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady who wanted to persuade him into signing the contract.

Russell Gage felt special after Tom Brady called him to talk him into signing the contract at the Buccaneers

Russell Gage for the Falcons
Russell Gage for the Falcons

The wide receiver, however did not believe his luck and thought someone was trying to pull a prank on him, by trying to impersonate the legend himself. Gage said that Tom Brady told him about the sort of camaraderie the Tampa Bay Buccaneers players share at the franchise, and it was enough to convince him to sign the contract.

“For a minute, I thought it was a prank, somebody was trying to pull one on me,” Russell Gage said according to ESPN. “He just told me about what they have here in Tampa Bay and that he wanted me to be a part of it, that they have something really special going on. Honestly, he didn’t have to say much. He definitely had me hooked on it after that. … It was definitely special.”

“I had just seen some fake news on social media so my mind was kind of on fake news, so then when I got the call it was kind of like, ‘All right.’ I’m in a state of shock and I’m stuck between, ‘OK, this is unreal’ and ‘this is not funny!'” Gage said. “Just trying to navigate my way through that, and then as we got going, I realized, ‘OK, this is something serious.’

Russell Gage had middling numbers for the Atlanta Falcons during the four seasons that he spent with him before making the move. He will now look to improve on his numbers with the help of Brady whenever he gets his chance on the pitch.

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