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Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Detroit Lions in a blowout 47-7 loss on Saturday. During the game, Brady threw a deep pass to Gronkowski, who immediately scored a touchdown. The pass was reminiscent of the days when the duo connected for dozens of touchdowns during their time on the New England Patriots.
"Helluva pitch and catch right there! @TomBrady to @RobGronkowski!" 35-year-old James wrote on Twitter after seeing the pass. "SHEESH!!"
James' tweet quickly earned thousands of likes on Twitter, and after the game, Brady replied back with a compliment of his own.
Brady tweeted an iconic photo of James catching a pass from Dwyane Wade when they were teammates on the Miami Heat. Even without including a message in the tweet, it was clear Brady was comparing the chemistry between James and Wade to his own with Gronkowski.
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With Tampa Bay's win on Saturday, Brady and Gronkowski have now secured a spot in the playoffs with a 10-5 record.
"We played pretty good in the first half," Brady said after the game, according to CNN. "Good execution. Guys were making plays for me all over the field. It was just a great effort by the whole team."
Meanwhile, the Patriots — the team Brady left in the offseason after a 20-year career — have missed the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. They currently have a 6-8 record after two consecutive losses.
While James — who recently helped the Los Angeles Lakers win an NBA title during his second season with the team — has had his fair share of talented teammates, including Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis, his time with Wade stands out. From 2010 to 2014, James and Wade (along with Chris Bosh), won two championships during their four trips to the NBA Finals.
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It's also been a big year for James, who Time named their athlete of the year earlier this month. The honor was in recognition of his tireless activism, which included spearheading the creation of More Than a Vote, a nonprofit aimed at thwarting voter suppression and motivating Black voters to make their voices heard at the polls.
In addition to becoming one of the most vocal proponents of social issues including the Black Lives Matter movement during his time in the NBA, James has made an effort to give back to his community, opening the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, in 2018.