Tom Brady is living in the present, Patriots fans should do the same

Andy Hart
August 13, 2019 - 5:57 am
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For better or worse, we live in a society that’s obsessed with the future.

Technology and the next big thing rule the day.

You binge watch your favorite series only to have to wait months and even years for the next season.

At work we’re urged to fund our retirement 401k accounts and kids’ 529 plans, regardless of how young we are or they are. And sometimes regardless of how much money we’re actually living on week-to-week right now.

Kids are pushed toward things that are good for their college resume seemingly as soon as the exit the womb.

Even pastimes like sports have us thinking with a long-term mentality as fans suggest that the Red Sox should trade Mookie Betts now to accumulate future assets for a guy who may or may not sign a massive MVP-caliber extension with the team.

So, it’s understandable that we as a society struggle to live in the moment.

But Tom Brady, he’s proving once again that he’s better than us. Heading into the final year of his contract for the first time in his career, a contract that apparently forbids the Patriots from using the franchise tag on the ultimate franchise quarterback next winter, Brady is seemingly finding a way to ignore the noise of the future.

Yesterday morning, making his first weekly WEEI appearance of the season on Patriots Monday on the Greg Hill Show, Brady made it quite clear that despite his uncertain future and unique situation he’s staying positive and very much focused on the present. It is a gift after all.

“We have a great relationship and if anything the Patriots have taught me, it is being in the present and not resting on what has happened in the past and certainly not worrying what is happening in the future,” Brady said. “I am excited to get out there and play this year and do what I hope to do for this team, which is be a great leader, be a great example, be a great player. And then beyond that, there’s just too much work to be done between now and next season. There’s no point in really worrying about it. That is how I feel.”

Asked specifically about his recently-signed contract “extension” that removed the franchise tag from the equation and actually opened up the possibility that Brady could end up in another uniform as he continues to vow to play until he’s at least 45, he again remained focused on the here and now.

“I think what this is about is this season and dealing with this year,” Brady said. “Beyond this year, whether it is signing for five more years, or signing a franchise tag, or not playing — none of those things need to be decided this year. I think what it was was focusing on this season and being in the right mental, emotional frame of mind to go out there and perform at my highest level.

“I don’t want my mind convoluted with thoughts that are premature or ones that I am worrying about beyond what the current situation is, which is us trying to go achieve what we all hope we can achieve. That is where my focus is and that is what I am excited about. Let’s go. Put me in coach. I am ready to go play.”

While Brady himself acknowledged why those doing talk radio for four hours a day might delve into the world of speculation and future hypotheticals, he doesn’t have the time, energy or desire to go that route. And his fans should look at it the same way.

Is Brady going to be the Patriots quarterback in 2020? Probably.

Is Brady going to be the Patriots quarterback in 2019? Definitely.

For a New England team that’s defending its sixth Lombardi Trophy, stacked on defense and considered one of the top contenders to play in Super Bowl LIX in Miami this coming February that’s all that really matters.

Brady is the G.O.A.T. He also continues to be one on of the top passers in the game today. And for at least one more season he remains a Patriot.

The future? Brady’s not worrying about that right now, nor should Patriots fans. Despite how we’re programmed as a society, enjoy what you’ve got while you are guaranteed to still have it.

“Again, as I have said in my life, you control the things you can control," Brady said. "Things that are out of your control you just have to go with the flow. I think I am in a great mental place, a great mental, emotional place to approach the season. Again, this isn’t the first time around. There’s no point in worrying about things like that because there’s so many what-if’s and hypotheticals and this and that.

"If you spend all your time and energy on those things, you lose track of what is really most important, which is happening right now. This is where I want to be. This is the team I want to be a part of and leading. I am really excited about doing that. There really isn’t more to read into than that.”

If that mindset is good enough for TB12, then it’s certainly good enough for all his Patriots fans set to watch Brady add to his legend for a 20th season in New England.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the 2019 ride.

And as Brady suggested, leave the speculation, hypotheticals, controversy and worrying to the media.

It’s kinda what we’re here for.

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