TAMPA, Florida (AP / WFLA) – Tom Brady entered his final season in New England with a strong idea that this would be his last with the Patriots.
The six-time Super Bowl champion who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency last month said on SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” on Wednesday that it was “just time” for a change, reiterating that has no hard feelings about coach Bill Belichick. making him a lifetime patriot.
“I think he has a lot of loyalty and I think he and I have had a lot of conversations that nobody has ever had access to, and they shouldn’t be,” Brady told Stern during a extensive interview of more than two hours.
“There have been so many false assumptions about our relationship or how he felt about me. I really know what he thinks of me, “added the quadruple MVP of the Super Bowl.
“Now I’m not going to answer all the rumors or hypotheses that are not formulated outside of his coaching responsibility: trying to get the best player on the team, not only in the short term, but also in the long term term. “
With Brady and Belichick in the lead, the Patriots have won 17 division titles and participated in nine Super Bowls and 13 AFC championships in the past 20 years.
Brady, who turns 43 in August, said he had entered “unfamiliar territory as an athlete” “while continuing to perform at a high level in recent years.
“I was an older athlete and he started planning for the future, which is his responsibility. And I don’t hold it against her, ”said Brady of Belichick. “This is what he should do. This is what every coach should do. “
Brady signed a two-year, $ 50 million contract with the Bucs last month, joining a team with the worst winning percentage in league history.
Tampa Bay has not played in the playoffs since 2007 and has not won a playoffs since its only Super Bowl championship played 18 years ago.
“I never cared about inheritance. … Never once, when I was in high school, I said, “Man, I can’t wait for my football legacy to look like.” I mean, it’s just not me. It’s not my personality. So why would I choose another place? It’s because it was just time. I don’t know what to say other than that, “said Brady.
“I had done everything. I have accomplished everything I could in two decades with an incredible organization, an incredible group of people. That will never change, “said the NFL’s quintessential triple player. “And no one can ever take that away from me. No one can ever take those Super Bowl experiences or championships away from us. “
Brady also talked about moving his family to a furnished mansion he rents to Derek Jeter in Tampa.
“I will stay here for a while,” he said. “I had to find a place in a very short time and he was a friend of mine, so we just chatted and everything worked.”
Brady said he was getting “all the benefits without any liability” and if something broke he would “call him and I would fuck him and he would fix it! “
The seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom estate spans over 30,000 square feet and is surrounded by a six-foot-tall private fence, but it’s still not as private as his former home in Chestnut Hill, in Massachusetts.
“Where I lived at Chestnut Hill, I was fairly private for a long time,” said Brady. “So I kind of forgot that people could come up to you. You couldn’t drive to my house where I lived at Chestnut Hill. Here they could shoot to the back of the house. “
He added, “It’s a little different because when you go out in the yard, there are a lot of boats that have stopped and people at the front. “
Brady also spoke about his marriage to model Gisele Bündchen, trying marijuana and alcohol as a teenager but not enjoying the lifestyle, and his college career in Michigan.
The quarterback also spoke in detail about his decision to ignore the OTAs in recent years with the Patriots after reading a letter from his wife, who at the time was dissatisfied with certain aspects of their marriage.
“What was important to her, what was important to me was our family and our relationship, and at different times, like any married couple, things had to change,” said Brady, who said he kept the letter.
“A few years ago, she didn’t feel like I was doing my part for the family. … She felt like I would be playing soccer all season, and she would take care of the house, then all of a sudden, when this season ended, I was like, “Great, let me get into all my other business activities, let me get into my soccer training, “and she sits there saying,” Well, when are you going to do things for the house? When are you going to take the kids to school? Said Brady.
“I had to make a big transition in my life to say,” I can’t do everything I wanted to do for football like I did, “he added. “I have to take care of things with my family”, because my family … the situation was not great. She was not satisfied with our marriage.
Brady has been questioned several times about his relationship with Belichick, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2000 draft – No. 199 in total.
The quarterback insisted that there was never a break between him and the coach as to who was most responsible for New England’s success.
“I can’t do his job and he can’t do mine. So the fact that you can say, “Would I be succeeding without him, the same level of success?” “I don’t think I would have been. But I feel the same way in reverse too, “said Brady. “Doing it allowed me to be the best I could be. I am therefore grateful to you. And I really think he feels the same for me. “