— Stern Show (@sternshow) April 8, 2020
Howard Stern might not be as raunchy and as controversial as he once was but. But Tom Brady went on the Howard Stern show today and was probably more candid, and more entertaining then Tom Brady was ever during his Patriots years. I guess he was finally allowed to open up without the wrath of Bill Belichick. Basically here are some of the best highlights from the interview:
–On whether he ever took the Electric Lettuce: “I definitely had some fun in high school with partying and drinking and smoking weed on occasion.” Why he stopped: “I felt like I was letting my dad down.”
No Big deal here by Brady, he was a High School kid who had some fun. Who didn’t.
–On whether he resents Bill Belichick getting so much of the credit for the team’s success: “I think it’s a pretty shitty argument … I can’t do his job and he can’t do mine. Can I be successful without him, the same level of success? I don’t believe I would have been. But I feel the same vice versa. To have him allowed me to be the best I can be, so I’m grateful for that. I very much believe that he feels the same way about me, because we’ve expressed that to each other.”
Very true. We knew this. Everyone always wants to give someone more credit why can’t we just attribute it to both,
–On his relationship with Belichick: “I think he has a lot of loyalty. He and I have had a lot of conversations that nobody has ever been privy to, nor should they be, that so many wrong assumptions were made about our relationship or about how he felt about me. I know genuinely how he feels about me. Now I’m not going to respond to every rumor or assumption that’s made, other than what his responsibility as coach is to get the best player for the team — not only in the short term but in the long term as well. … I got to the point where I was an older athlete and he’s starting to plan for the future, which is what his responsibility is. I don’t fault him for that. That’s what he should be doing. Not that I would ever coach, but if I was ever in a position of authority, I would understand that too.”
Sounds pretty corporate. I guess I thought they might have a bigger rift but it sounds like it was a cordial.
–On how his Circle of Trust with receivers and how Belichick saw it: “I would say, ‘I don’t have any trust that this guy can help us win the game,’” Brady said. “I’ve definitely expressed my opinion to say ‘If you put him out there, I’m not going to throw him the ball.’ The whole team is trusting me to do what’s right by the team, so you can’t put someone out there who I don’t believe in. Because if I don’t believe in him, it’s worthless for the team. I think fortunately for me, Coach Belichick always saw it the same way as me, which is why I think we had such a great connection. He saw football very much the same way that I saw it. All the coaches that I worked with on a daily basis, they want the same thing.”
His recievers suck.
–On Gisele and his skipping OTAs: “There was a couple years ago, she didn’t feel I was doing my part for the family. She felt like I would play football all season and she would take care of the house, and then all the sudden when the season would end, that I’d be like, ‘Great, let me get into all my other business activities. Let me get into my football training.’ And she’s sitting there going, ‘Well, when are you going to do things for the house? When are you going to take the kids to school and do that?’ … “She wasn’t satisfied with our marriage. So I needed to make a change in that.”
I feel like a ton of him leaving New England was partly to make his marriage better.
–On being surrounded by 50 other guys hanging brain in the locker room every day: “You get used to it. Every guy’s penis looks the exact same. A man’s a man.” And on having open showers: “Like why are we doing this?”
I never understood why we just don’t wear towels.
–On engineering the greatest single game comeback in the history of sports: “We were down 28-3 and look at this situation and say ‘fuck it.’ Or we can look at it and say ‘If we come back, it will be the greatest moment of my life.'”
Best comeback in history of sports.
–On whether he resents not being a Patriot for life: “No, absolutely not! No, because this is a part for me, in my life, to experience something very different. There are ways for me to grow and evolve in a different way that I haven’t had the opportunity to do — that aren’t right or wrong, but just right for me. … I never cared about legacy. I could give a shit about that. I never once, when I was in high school, said, ‘Man, I can’t wait for what my football legacy looks like.’ That’s just not me. That’s just not my personality.”
It’s funny. We all worry about other people’s legacy meanwhile Brady doesn’t care.
–On why he left: “It was just time. I don’t know what to say other than that. I accomplished everything I could in two decades with an incredible organization, an incredible group of people, and that will never change. No one can ever take that away from me, no one can ever take those experiences or Super Bowl championships away from us.”
–On when he knew it was time to go: “I would say I probably knew before the start of last season that it was my last year. I knew that our time was coming to an end.”
So I guess selling his house meant something.