Tom Brady

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) waves as he walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Washington. The New England Patriots won 33-7. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)AP

Al Michaels really didn’t think Tom Brady would leave the Patriots.

Before every Sunday Night Football game, the iconic broadcaster gets to chat with the quarterbacks. Ahead of the Patriots’ Week 9 matchup with the Ravens, Michaels was offering long odds that the quarterback would actually leave New England — and one of his coworkers took him up on it.

“I said to him, ‘Look, I know you’re not going to answer this question, but I just can’t imagine you being in any other uniform but New England’s uniform,’” Michaels said. “And he kind of laughed, and I said, ‘In fact, Tom, I’m going to give you odds of 43,000 to 1.’ And one of our great research people, Andy Freeland, then plunked down $2 on the table to take the bet. So I now owe Andy Freeland $86,000 when we do our first Tampa Bay game this year.”

Michaels does have pretty deep pockets, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll actually follow through.

“It will be installment payments of about $3 a year,” he cracked.

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