Joe Namath’s thoughts on Tom Brady’s possible ‘transition’

Andy Hart
January 23, 2020 - 8:31 am

Tom Brady is at a late-career crossroads.

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In the coming weeks and months TB12 will decide whether to leave New England as a free agent and play in another NFL uniform for the first time in his two-decade career or, assuming they’ll have him, return to the Patriots.

It’s pretty unique spot for a Super Bowl-winning Hall of Fame quarterback.

But it’s a reality that former Jets star Joe Namath dealt with at the end of his own Canton-bound career.

Obviously known for his Super Bowl guarantee and success in New York, Broadway Joe played his final season for the L.A. Rams. Namath clearly regrets the decision to go play out west.

“I wish I knew what I learned in making that transition before making it, meaning it turned out to be a very difficult transition," Namath told ESPN.

As such, Namath seemingly is sounding words of caution to Brady as he makes his own decision in the coming weeks. Like so many, Broadway Joe just can’t envision Brady making the same mistake he made decades ago.

“It's almost beyond my belief that he would go to another team under any circumstances," said Namath told ESPN. "I can't imagine that separation. Moving out of the New England area that he's been so accustomed to, and his family, that's a hard thing, too. I don't think he'll ever leave that totally behind, I really don't.

“I want to see him play as long as he physically and mentally wants to, man, because we've all seen over the years the execution that has been superb more times than not. We don't get to see that kind of player, that kind of character, very often. It's very rare."

So as Brady prepares to hit free agency and possibly take his passing talents to a new NFL city, he clearly has a lot to consider. Hall of Fame franchise icons like Joe Montana, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning found at least relative success making the move.

Namath did not and it sounds like he doesn’t want to see a similar scenario play out for Brady.

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