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Matt Damon takes on Tom Brady haters

Mark Daniell.

By Mark Daniell, Postmedia Network

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and Matt Damon are seen in this combination file photo. (Bob Levey/Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady and Matt Damon are seen in this combination file photo. (Bob Levey/Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

When it comes to four-time Super Bowl winner and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Matt Damon has heard all the criticisms.

Brady is a system QB.

Brady is a success because of his o-line.

Forget Brady, it’s all thanks to coach Bill Belichick.

But when the Oscar-winner hears the digs against his Pats pal, he won’t stand idly by. And when it comes to Super Bowl LI, he’s root, root, rooting for New England.

“Hopefully we can slow down (Atlanta Falcons quarterback) Matt Ryan,” Damon tells the Sun.

“A lot will be on Belichick and the defence – and those guys have been playing great.”

As for his Brady fandom, Damon wears his heart on his sleeve. He and his other best bud, Ben Affleck, argued over who was a better friend in a viral video last year.

“I’m such a homer for Tom Brady it’s ridiculous,” Damon says, laughing. “We just feel so lucky to have had 17 years of that guy. He’s such a gamer. He’s taken completely different groups of people to the Super Bowl time and time again. I don’t even know how many people on his teams have gone to the Super Bowl, but it’s insane. Critics say, ‘Well, he stayed on the same team his whole career,’ but it’s with completely different people every time. It’s a different group he’s taking each time they get there.

“So yeah, everyone in New England is praying for (a win) that’s for sure.”

Besides his pigskin predictions, Damon is jazzed about his partnership with Stella Artois and Water.org, the organization he co-founded with CEO Gary White to address the lack of clean water and sanitation around the world.

Stella and Water.org are working together on its "Buy a lady a drink" campaign, which invites people to purchase a branded chalice at LCBO stores in Ontario and online nationally at BuyALadyADrink.ca.

“What it’s really about is trying to spread the word so that people understand that if they buy one of these chalices for $16 bucks at an LCBO or online, you’re making a difference in somebody’s life; someone you’ll never meet, someone on the other side of the world. But you’re bringing somebody clean water.”