Tom Brady set sail from New England to Tampa Bay this offseason, creating waves throughout the NFL world as the best quarterback of perpetuity embarked on a new journey for the first time in his 20- year profession.
In a prolonged, two-plus-hour, extensive interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday morning, Brady confessed he knew prior to the 2019 season it would likely be his last year with the Patriots
“I don’t think there was a final, final decision until it occurred, but I would say I most likely understood before the start of the season that it was my in 2015. I knew that our time was pertaining to an end,” Brady stated on Stern’s SiriusXM show.
In his first thorough conversation about leaving the only franchise he had actually known, TB12 stated he felt it was time for a brand-new obstacle.
“There was a time before last offseason, I had an agreement that got reorganized, and basically, from my perspective, I knew that at the end of the year I was going to end up being a totally free representative for the very first time in my profession,” Brady stated. “And I had actually spoken about it with the ownership of the group, Mr. Kraft, and he was great with it. I had spoken about it with coach Belichick, he was great with it. That’s what we chose to do. And if we, throughout the season, and the offseason, there wasn’t a ton of significant conversations for us to continue. We had some. And we both considered it, and in the end, it was just a fantastic way to end 20 years. We had a fantastic discussion … I said this before, there is no bigger fan of the New England Patriots company than me. At the exact same time, that doesn’t mean that I might continue to play there at the highest level. I feel like I want to show to myself that I can still perform at the highest level.”
Brady added he holds no animosity that he will not be a Patriot for life.
“No, definitely not,” he said.
After 20 years with the Patriots, during which he won six Super Bowls and 17 AFC East titles, Brady is on to a brand-new challenge. The 42- year-old said retiring wasn’t in his frame of mind, and playing his whole career in New England was never a goal.
“I never cared about tradition.
“Why would I select a different location? I do not understand what to state other than that.
In the coming years, arguments about who played a bigger function in the best run in contemporary sports will be disputed to no end: Costs Belichick or Tom Brady
TB12 dismissed the dispute as rubbish.
“It’s a pretty s —— argument that people would say that because, once again, I can’t do his job and he can’t do mine,” he stated. To have him (as a coach) enabled me to be the finest I might be.
Over the years, the Patriots have prepared quarterbacks– from Jimmy Garoppolo to Jacoby Brissett to Jarrett Stidham— with the belief that Brady’s career was nearing completion. The quarterback said he understands Belichick’s desire to plan for the future and holds no ill will toward the coach for putting what he believed were in the finest interests of the Patriots
“I believe he has a lot of loyalty,” Brady said of Belichick. I know truly how he feels about me.
In spite of concerns about his play last season, Brady made it clear that he has no intent of ending his profession anytime soon.
“I might sit here and go, well stop playing football so I could stress over what’s going to take place, or worry about this or that, instead of just stating why do not I live my life the manner in which I wish to enjoy it,” he said. “The ways that are going to be most satisfying to me, which for me is doing what I love to do. You don’t tell a musician, stop singing at the age of42 You do not inform an excellent painter, stop painting at42 Now, if you wish to stop, stop, go ahead. But for me, due to the fact that I feel like I can still play does not imply I ought to stop playing since that’s what everyone is telling me to do.”
Brady will enter his age-43 season in a new city with a brand-new team and a new coach for the very first time in his profession in an attempt to paint a brand-new chapter in his life. And the world will be enjoying closely.