This is what Brady did not write in a lengthy essay published by the Players’s Tribune that seemed revealing. Specifically, more than 2,633 words plunging into his thought after leaving the place where he won six Super Bowls, Brady mentions only casually and less than complementary the coach who helped him reach these unprecedented heights .
Elsewhere, he says he is very anxious to feel appreciated and respected by the Buccaneers, letting readers guess how it might differ from how he felt treated by the Patriots.
Belichick’s mention comes in a paragraph in which Brady writes: “When the Patriots drafted me in 2000, I was 22 years old. I remember sitting in my parents’ house in San Mateo, California, less and less confident that the phone would ring. But late in the project, he did. By the way, in the sixth round, it’s not like coach Belichick himself was on the other end of the line – I think it was his assistant, Berj [Najarian]. “We just wanted to let you know that you were chosen by the New England Patriots,” said Berj. “
Of course, Belichick would hardly have been the first coach to delegate some of the preparatory work for the later rounds of the draft to the assistants. He was the first coach to reach nine Super Bowls, and not always with teams that relied too heavily on Brady’s arm.
However, when Brady writes that “I will miss the relationships I have forged in New England the most”, he somehow neglects to verify the unique figure with which he is inextricably linked.
“Of course, it starts with the whole organization of the New England Patriots, and [team owner] Robert Kraft and the whole Kraft family, ”says Brady in his essay. “This extends to countless other people who have played such a valuable role in my 20 years as a patriot. Teammates and coaches, past and present. Old friends, new friends, the neighbors we go with every year. But above all, I will miss the fans. “
Brady named Belichick in an article on social media last month announcing his departure from the Patriots, in which he thanked the coach, as well as Kraft, the owner’s family and the organization for “helping me maximize my potential”.
In the Players’s Tribune, however, Brady writes that in order to continue “maximizing what I do,” he has had to move, apparently to a destination where he will have no doubt how welcome his contributions are.
“Now I want to see what else I can do,” said the 42-year-old woman. “I want to see how great I can be. I want to hear other people say, “Come on, man. This is what we were missing. This is what we need! This is what we were looking for! »»
At another point in the essay, he writes that playing for the Bucs will not only be “an opportunity to lead and collaborate”, but “also to be seen and heard.” Brady adds that he wants to “make sure my priorities are in the right place” by balancing football and spending enough time with his children.
This fits with a description of Brady’s state of mind over the past two seasons, in a report released last month by ESPN which attempted to tell the story behind his breakup with Belichick and the team.
“Brady wasn’t just looking to win the Super Bowls, victory at all costs, ethics for most of his career, fabulous success and spectacularly unhealthy,” wrote Seth Wickersham. “He wanted what everyone expects from an employer: to feel valued and love the job.”
Another ESPN reporter, Ian O’Connor, quoted a friend of Brady’s in a story Sunday, saying, “Tom was Belichick outside after 20 years.”
It happened about a year and a half after a O’Connor’s book quoted a source who said, “Tom knows Bill is the best coach in the league, but he’s fed up with him. If Tom could, I think he would divorce him. “
This divorce has taken place, and in his essay, Brady says emphatically that he is “motivated” to “deliver for my new team, my new coaches and my new teammates”.
“The hospitality and warmth I have received from the Tampa Bay players and coaches has been so rewarding,” he wrote. “Personally, I loved getting to know a new group of young players. They welcomed me as one of their own. They want to listen to what I have to say. I’m delighted to be fully embraced for what I can bring to the Bucs. In turn, I’m ready to fully embrace a team that is confident in what I do – and what I bring – and who is ready to do this trick with me. ”