After every NFL game, you'll see players from both teams meet at midfield, where they exchange pleasantries, many catching up with friends and former teammates.
After every NFL game in which Tom Brady plays, you'll see rows of players jockeying for position for their chance to talk to the G.O.A.T.
For Taylor Heinicke, after Washington's Wild Card playoff loss to Tampa Bay, this was a mission of special significance. In front of a national television audience that expected to see a no-name quarterback flop, Heinicke had just acquitted himself quite nicely, passing for 306 yards and logging two touchdowns while keeping his team within eight points.
Afterwards, NBC cameras showed a midfield exchange between Brady and Heinicke. Peter King was able to get to the bottom of what was said.
"Yeah. It's always really cool when you’re talking to a future Hall of Famer," Heinicke told King. "Probably the best quarterback to ever play the game. It's a neat experience. He just told me I played a hell of a game, showed a lot of grit out there. And just to keep working."
"Again, for that to come from him, it's pretty neat," he said. "Not a lot of people get to experience that."
Heinicke was so enamored by his exchange with Brady, he later shared the moment over the phone with his college coach at Old Dominion, Bobby Wilder.
"Taylor was pretty excited about that," Wilder told 106.7 The Fan. "Because even though he was the quarterback of the Washington Football Team and badly wanted to lead Washington to a win, he badly wanted to be playing this weekend, that's Tom Brady."
"Taylor as a kid grew up and Aaron Rodgers was always his favorite quarterback," he said. "But he loved Tom Brady. He loved watching him play. So that was a pretty special moment for him."
Heinicke once had a brief two-week stint backing up Brady on the Patriots' practice squad in 2017, enough time to create this humorous lookback, of the time Heinicke tried to impress New England's staff by being the first person in the building, but was beaten to the punch.