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'Tom vs. Time' director explains why Tom Brady wanted to make surprise epilogue

Alex Reimer
September 04, 2018 - 11:24 am

The final installment of “Tom vs. Time” ended with the ultimate cliffhanger. Days after Super Bowl LI, Tom Brady ruminated about his lost conviction, leading to months of speculation about his playing future. 

While Brady announced in April he was returning for the 2018 season, he still hasn't addressed his months-long search for motivation. Gotham Chopra, the director for “Tom vs. Time” and Brady’s business partner in his Religion of Sports endeavor, says those questions are answered in the surprise epilogue to the Facebook series, which will be released Wednesday at noon. 

In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Jenny Vrentas, Chopra says Brady invited him to informally chronicle his trip to Qatar in April, where the Patriots’ quarterback represented the Best Buddies charity. They also gathered at Brady’s Brookline home in late July, for another couch testimonial. After filming the epilogue, Chopra says he thinks Brady is entering his 19th professional season with an edge.

“It’s a completely different attitude coming into this season. Not even attitude, but energy. He’s pumped,” Chopra explained. “There’s a defiance almost, and I think this is something that’s fairly typical of Tom, at least as long as I have known him, and also just athletes in general, which is, he’s kind of found an edge. And that edge is, coming off of last season, maybe it’s the loss, maybe it’s the age, maybe it’s just all the drama and stuff like that. He's like, ‘Oh, people don’t think I can do this now? Watch me.’”

In the epilogue’s 30-second trailer, Brady talks about how he used this offseason as an opportunity to recharge. He didn’t attend any non-mandatory practices, along with tight end Rob Gronkowski 

“When I look at probably the last six months, it’s been the first time where I’ve taken a little break,” Brady says in the trailer. “If I’m going to do something at this point, it’s going to be because I enjoy it. It’s (bleeping) going to be hard to do. I think it’s going to be very hard to do.”

Chopra tells Vrentas Brady doesn’t tease this is going to be his last season, but is also cautious about revealing too much information. The director says Brady chatised him when he openly speculated about TB12’s playing future in the spring, when told Peter King he couldn't envision Brady until he’s 45 years old.

“I got myself into trouble because, look, I’m a fan and sometimes I just sort of theorize. And Tom is like, ‘Really? Why did you say that, G?’ ” Chopra told Vrentas. “One thing I will say is, he admits that it’s not easy and he does feel his age. But, it’s partly what drives him, is the challenge of it, just how unprecedented it is, not just to play, but to play at a certain level and be part of a team that has this sort of continued success.”