Tom Brady chats with HS basketball players after group text accidentally goes to Buccaneers locker room

A freshman boys basketball team in Michigan made an unforced error that resulted in an unforgettable memory. 

After a practice on Nov. 24, the 14-member squad at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy in Pontiac was tasked with setting up a group chat. There was a mixup with the phone number of the last player to be added, however; suddenly, the other 13 players had Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting in the chat instead of their teammate.

The wrong number eventually led to conversations with Bunting, Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans, Richard Sherman, Leonard Fournette — and Tom Brady.

“This is Sean. Do you know who I am?” Murphy-Bunting, who played collegiately at Central Michigan, initially replied, according to a tweet from P. Jason Whalen, a parent of one of the team members. He then sent a photo of himself in the Buccaneers’ locker room to prove his identity.  

Some of the boys still weren’t convinced that they were texting with Murphy-Bunting, so he decided to make a FaceTime call. According to another tweet from Whalen, Murphy-Bunting handed the phone to Fournette, who gave the team a tour of the locker room and introduced them to Gronkowski, Evans and Sherman. 

The Washington Post reported that the players then wanted to talk to Brady, who was in a meeting. Fournette stayed on the phone for 10 to 15 minutes before Brady made an appearance on the call. Brady shouted, “What’s up guys?!” The team erupted in screams. A few teammates even showed off their jerseys of Brady from when he played at Michigan.

“That was sweet,” Brady told ESPN. “It would have been nice for me when I had been in high school too.” 

When Brady found out that the team was from Michigan, he told ESPN, it was “even better. That was fun. That was really fun. It was really good to see all those young kids hyped up.”

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