Everything Tom Brady Said on The Howard Stern Show

Ryan Hannable
April 08, 2020 - 6:12 am
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Now that Tom Brady is out of New England, maybe he's letting his guard down a bit.

The Buccaneers quarterback joined The Howard Stern Show Wednesday morning and hit on a number of different subjects.

Here's a quick rundown of everything he said.

-- Brady said he's already moved down to Tampa Bay into a mansion Derek Jeter built and his family is already there. "We have a beautiful view overlooking the bay," he said. The house isn't as private as his estate in Brookline, Massachusetts, which he said is something he will have to get used to.

"Where I lived in Chestnut Hill it was pretty private and I forgot that people can drive up to your house. Here, they can can pull right up here to the back to the house," he said. "... "The nice part is there is a lot of outdoor space. ... There are just a lot of good things about it."

-- On New England/Boston: "I will always be going back there and be part of that community."

-- Brady apparently is a big fan of Stern. "I have loved the show for a long time," he said. "... You make things very special in a way."

-- The 42-year-old discussed his football progression where he did not even play until high school and even when he started he wasn't the best player. Also discussed was Brady's time at Michigan when he had to earn his playing time and he admitted there was a point in time he thought about transferring, but he changed his attitude and made a commitment to be the best.

Even though Brady was drafted by the Montreal Expos, he said he wasn't even the best player on his high school baseball team.

-- He clarified he did not tell Robert Kraft after the Patriots drafted him in 2000 that it was the best decision the organization ever made. Brady actually said, "You'll never regret picking me."

-- Brady said dealing with adversity over the course of his career helped make him into the player and person he is today.

-- On comebacks: “We were down 28-3 against Atlanta in Super Bowl 51. You can look at that situation and basically quit and say, you know, ‘(Expletive) it. We have no shot of winning,’ or you can say ‘This is going to be an amazing comeback. When we come back from this, this is going to be the defining moment in life,’ or a defining moment in a professional career. “I think when you shift your mind and think that way, it becomes very empowering as opposed to very discouraging. So anytime we’re down in a game, I think, ‘Man, if we come back and win this game, we’re the hero,’ rather than ‘Oh, (expletive), we’re screwed. We have no shot.'”

-- The quarterback going to college at the University of Michigan was tough on Tom Brady Sr., as Brady said his dad cried when he told him he was going there, which was halfway across the country.

-- Brady: "School was a lot harder for me (than sports) because I didn't have much of an interest in school. ... I was smart enough to get by giving very average effort."

-- He said he never had a backup plan other than football and admitted it was rather naive at the time. "When I got drafted by the Patriots, I knew I was going to be the starting quarterback at some point," Brady said. "I didn't know that I would have the professional success that I've had, but I never really doubted in myself."

-- On not partying, smoking and drinking much in high school: "I always thought I was letting my dad down." He acknowledged he did drink and smoked weed in high school at times.

-- Brady explained what he told Bill Belichick when a receiver wasn't able to do what he wanted him to: "I don't have any trust that this guy can help us win the game. If you put him out there, I'm not going to throw him the ball." Added: "He saw football in the same way I did. We saw the process of winning the same way."

-- He said he has no resentment towards Belichick and the Patriots for not making him a Patriot for life. He did say he cried when he told Robert Kraft and Belichick that he was leaving New England. "I'm a very emotional guy," he said.

-- On going to Tampa Bay: "I never cared about legacies. I could give a (expletive). ... That's not me, that's not my personality. Why did I choose a different place? Because it was just time."

-- The 42-year-old doesn't like the debate of who deserves more credit for the Patriots' success -- himself or Belichick. "I think it is a pretty (expletive) argument, actually. I can't do his job and he can't do mine."

-- Brady said no one really knows how Belichick truly feels about him. People are making "wrong assumptions."

-- He said he knew going into last season that it was probably his last year with the Patriots.

-- On how he wants the Patriots to do this year: "I have a lot of friends there. I want them to do great. ... Well, I want my team to win the Super Bowl."

-- Brady says he is 230 pounds is not a big weight lifter, as he sticks to band work and pool workouts.

-- He admitted he's had concussions while playing.

-- A few years ago Brady changed the way he approched his marriage with Gisele Bundchen, as she “wasn’t satisfied." This was part of why Brady stopped attending OTAs and spent more time with his family. Bundchen wrote Brady a long letter where she spilled out her feelings and he still has it to this day.

Brady added: "I keep it in a drawer and I read it and it was a heartfelt letter that said this is where we are in our marriage.''

-- On when he met Bundchen: "When we met, I wasn't sure I was ready for a relationship, but we hit it off." Brady said he and Bundchen were each coming out of long-term relationships. Their first meeting was at a wine bar in New York City. "I thought she was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life," he said.

-- Brady on his son oldest Jack: "My heart explodes when I think of him.''

-- Donald Trump asked Brady to speak at the 2016 Republican National Convention, but he said no. "It was uncomfortable for me, because the political support is totally different than the support of a friend," he said.

-- On Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians: "I like him a lot." Brady said coaching was hugely important in his decision, and acknowleged he's different than most coaches, as he's very laid back.

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