Fans cheer Brady at Pats train­ing camp

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JIMMY GOLEN

Fans drove to Gil­lette Sta­dium past a booth selling “Free Tom Brady” T-shirts.

Then, when they ar­rived for the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots’ first train­ing camp prac­tice on Thurs­day, they let the star quar­ter­back know how they felt.

Brady took the field to a bois­ter­ous cheer from the more than 10,000 fans who sat in a swel­ter­ing sun to see the Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons open the de­fence of their ti­tle.

Team owner Robert Kraft, who lashed out at the NFL a day ear­lier for up­hold­ing Brady’s sus­pen­sion, also got loud ap­plause when he came out on the field.

Kraft waved to fans when he ar­rived and then signed au­to­graphs for about 20 min­utes at the end of prac­tice. Fans were over­whelm­ingly sup­port­ive of the owner, ac­cord­ing to an As­so­ci­ated Press pho­tog­ra­pher who wit­nessed the ex­changes in an area off lim­its to writ­ers.

Up above, an air­plane buzzed the prac­tice field tow­ing a ban­ner that said: “Cheaters Look Up!” and list­ing the Twit­ter han­dle of a New York Jets fan web­site.

But at ground level, Brady looked sharp in his first football ac­tion since the Pa­tri­ots beat the Seat­tle Seahawks in Fe­bru­ary for the fran­chise’s — and his — fourth NFL ti­tle.

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