“The greatest… it’s incredible”
Things got icy toward the end between Tom Brady, Bill Belichick.
But now that Brady says his career is over — “for good” this time — the two are looking back fondly on old times.
Brady appeared Monday in the first episode his weekly “Let’s Go!” podcast. Brady appeared Monday on the first episode of his weekly “Let’s Go!” podcast since last week’s announcement about his retirement. His first guest an episode that also invited Peyton Manning and Rob Gronkowski? Belichick is the only one. They reflected on the most successful coach/quarterback pairing in NFL History, six days before the Super Bowl.
Belichick was eloquent in his praises of Brady.
“The greatest player, the greatest career, a great, great person,” Belichick said. It was an honor and a great opportunity to coach Tom. I guess it’s gotta end at some point. But it’s the greatest one ever. So, congratulations, Tom.”
Belichick is known for his candor, which was rare in this profession that has been so focused on keeping as much of the public’s attention as possible. Belichick went on to praise Brady’s ability to quickly process information and make decisions. He also credited his longtime quarterback with helping him become a better coach.
Belichick added, “I was so blessed to learn from him. His vision was amazing.” It is something that no other coach can offer. It was unbelievable.”
Brady cracked his voice as he answered Belichick’s question and Jim Gray’s question about what Belichick did for him to be the best.
“It’s more what did he not do to bring out the best in me,” Brady said. From the moment I was drafted, Coach Belichick and me developed an incredible relationship. We spent a lot time together. He began to show me football basics and how to study defenses, which was a big help when I first started playing. …
“I couldn’t imagine a better teacher than to tell you, ‘hey! Here’s how you play quarterback in NFL.’
Brady was also challenged reporting that his and Belichick’s relationship was strained At the end.
“It’s such a stupid — in my view, people were always trying to pull us apart. I don’t believe we ever felt this way with each other.
“We never tried to pull apart each other.” Actually, we always tried to move in the same way. They get tired of telling the same story after 20 years together in New England.
Brady discussed his decision not to continue with the series before Belichick joined. He repeatedly maintained that his retirement is permanent. last year’s effort lasted mere weeks.
Brady stated, “There’s always going to be a part in me that wants it all and a part that feels like it can play.” “I believe there’s only one way to decide when it’s the right moment. For me, I believe it will end at some point. I think this is the right moment.”
Brady stated that he plans to shift his focus from football to life outside of the game after a difficult year in which he lost his football career as well as his marriage to Gisele Bundchen. Brady made the announcement on the same day. he won’t start his broadcast career with Fox Until the 2024 NFL Season.
Brady stated, “I’ve always wanted the best of my abilities as a player.” “Now I have the opportunity to maximize my abilities as both a person as well and as human being, as a father/son, brother/friend, and as a father/father.”