In 'Tom vs. Time' epilogue, Brady confirms he's done trying to please everyone but himself

Alex Reimer
September 05, 2018 - 1:08 pm

In case there was any doubt, Tom Brady has confirmed he’s no longer trying to please everyone. As the greatest quarterback of all-time enters his 19th professional season, he’s worried about No. 1. 

The epilogue to “Tom vs. Time” was released Wednesday, and features Brady professing his desire to play football until he’s 45 years old. That’s quite a departure from how the Facebook series ended in March, when Brady was videotaped on his couch ruminating about lost conviction.

“I want to play five more years,” Brady says. “It will be a challenge for me. I don’t think it’s going to be easy. It’s going to be very hard to do. I think it’s going to be very hard to do. But I think I can do it.” 

At the start of the five-minute episode, Brady talks about using this offseason to take a break from the “cyclical” monotony. He says playing football hasn’t been enjoyable for the last “couple of years,” even though he’s reached two Super Bowls, completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and won the NFL MVP during that span. At this stage in his career, it seems like Brady is playing for more than gridiron success. He explains he’s only going to do what he wants, which means skipping non-mandatory OTAs, and more recently, not engaging on probing questions about Alex Guerrero. 

Later in the video, Brady speaks directly about his newfound antipathy towards engaging with the press on sensitive topics he doesn’t wish to discuss. “I think people are just looking for something to write and talk about,” Brady says before clips of Lou Merloni and Mike Mutnansky talking about Guerrero play in the background. “They want to talk about a lot of drama. I’m sure a lot of teams have things like that. But ours is just to the 10th degree. I’m learning to deal with it better. I just don’t give a (expletive) anymore. … To worry about a lot of (expletive) that people may say or think or feel, I really don’t care anymore.”

Brady’s actions have already shown that. He abruptly ended a post-practice scrum when the Globe's Ben Volin asked about Julian Edelman's ties to TB12 and hung up on Kirk Minihane after a fourth follow-up about Guerrero's status with the team. But now, Brady's words leave no doubt. He wants to keep playing, as long as it's on his terms.