NASHVILLE -- If you were on the field Wednesday morning at the Titans practice facility, you may have thought you were back at Gillette Stadium in the mid-2000s.
One of the highlights of the Patriots and Titans joint session was Mike Vrabel and Tom Brady jawing back-and-forth the entire time, which is exactly what they did on a daily basis when Vrabel was playing linebacker for the Patriots.
“It was fun. It brought back a lot of memories, just to be able to sit out there and have him make a play and he turns around and says, ‘Mikey, you know you better cover that. You guys need to do this,’" Vrabel said afterwards. “We had a lot of fun. We have a lot of respect for those guys and can learn a lot from them; how they practice and how they operate.”
It started from the moment Brady walked onto the field (see below) and continued into team drills when Vrabel spent most of his time with his defense going up against the Patriots offense. Vrabel's defense was fairly competitive against Brady, as the quarterback had a solid, but not unbelievable day.
Vrabel is only two years older than Brady, which puts into context just how impressive it is for Brady to still be doing what he's doing.
“Tom’s very committed to football and winning and being competitive and taking care of his body and continuing to find new ways to train," he said. "It’s fun for us. It’s good for us to be able to come out here and compete against him.”