Tom Brady’s message seems a little different this time around – and it’s a bit out of place for him.
It’s true that Brady has cheated us once before, after retiring this offseason in what seemed like a hasty decision before deciding a month later to play in the 2022 NFL season.
But in a candid moment Wednesday during the “Dan Patrick Show,” Brady admitted that the hot drive that once fueled him was starting to drain as he neared his 45-year-old season.
“I had the urge to compete, and that’s going to go away soon,” Brady said when asked how his decision to come back went. “I mean, there’s no doubt about it. I just have to really appreciate how much time I have left, because it’s not much.”
Is this the first time Brady has admitted there’s a limit to his conduct? Maybe we’re making too much of it, but Brady is both low-key and reserved when it comes to giving a real window into his state of mind as a player.
Lest anyone worry about their hunger drying up before or during the season, Brady made sure to note that he felt “super competitive” when he decided to go back to his original retirement designs.
“And partly crazy,” he added.
Brady didn’t outright tell Patrick that this was his last NFL season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But it’s hard not to read his comments about his career as anything other than an indication that this is his last race.
Tom Brady admits he will eventually have ‘growing pains’ as a broadcaster
Brady’s post-game days seem to be pretty mapped out. Every time he hangs up the cleats, he’ll have a plum broadcast gig with Fox. But Brady isn’t taking the Drew Brees route and stepping into a studio role, instead heading straight into a job as a game analyst which he says suits his background better so far.
“I’ve been in every production meeting for 22 years since I started acting in 2001,” Brady said. “I know what these guys are asking for, I know what they’re being asked to do and I think it’s very much like a team going out on the road to prepare for a game.”
That said, Brady admitted he expects to have some rookie moments in his new job.
“There’s a lot of learning curve…obviously it’s going to be a whole new career,” Brady said. “It’s a new opportunity for me to try something that I will work very hard to prepare myself to be as good as possible, knowing that the day I walk on set for the first time will not be my best time. .
“There will be a lot of growing pains and I will have to learn to be really good at it.”
Is Fox, who handed out a $375 million contract to Brady, comfortable with his future “growing pains”? Either way, they have no choice.
Although Fox’s Greg Olsen looks like a potential natural in his ad work, he’s still fairly new to the job. CBS’ Tony Romo was one of the actor-turned-host’s early hits, but even his star seems to have faded after a meteoric start.
Brees was clearly an odd fit in his new role with NBC, and Jason Witten went from heavily mocked “Monday Night Football” analyst to starring again.
Not everyone can do it, even a QB as formidable as Brady was. He will have to open the floodgates a bit more on what he can share – certainly more than he did during his meeting with the media. Think of all the wild moments in Brady’s NFL career that you wish you had a truth serum account on.
Maybe that’s a bit too much to ask, because calling games and doing a tell-all biography are two entirely different offerings. But perhaps his candid “it’s going to go away soon” moment will be a foreshadowing of how Brady works as a broadcaster. If so, we could be in for a hell of a revelation.