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Tom Brady tells Gotham Chopra, Religion of Sports he's found his conviction

Ryan Hannable
July 30, 2018 - 8:58 am
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The conclusion of Tom vs. Time had a somewhat concerning ending when Tom Brady discussed when he will ultimately call it a career.

“I’m sitting here three days after the year getting my Achilles worked on and my thumb and you go, ‘What are we doing this for? What are we doing this for? Who are we doing this for? Why are we doing this?’ You have to have answers for those questions and they have to be with a lot of conviction,” he said. “When you lose your conviction you probably should be doing something else."

For the entire offseason, and especially when he missed the voluntary workouts this spring, it was worth asking does Brady still have that conviction?

In a Q&A with Religion of Sports released Monday, it seems he does. (Religion of Sports is co-founded by Brady, Gotham Chopra and Michael Strahan.)

"Football is my entertainment," Brady said. "There’s nothing I love more, which is why I’m still playing. Knowing that my coaches, teammates, and I are aligned on our goals — which is to get better every day and go deep into the season again — is what excites me the most.

"Getting out on the practice field with them and getting our timing right, tinkering with new ideas and plays, figuring out the chemistry with the new guys, going at it with the defense — all of it — is what drives me. I mean, I love it. I guess that you could say I found my conviction [wink emoji]. It’s football season — LET’S GO!!!!"

Here are some of his other answers to a variety of questions.

Q: What do you remember most about your first training camp? Did a veteran take you under his wing?

Brady: "Drew Bledsoe was obviously a great leader for this team and mentor to me when I came into the league. Willie McGinest, Ty Law, Tedy Bruschi, Ted Johnson — those were guys I watched and learned from in terms of how they prepared and carried themselves. Bruce Armstrong was on that team, and he’s probably one of the all-time greats. I obviously built a rapport with Troy Brown. And Bill — I mean, I’ve been lucky enough to play for the best coach in the history of the game. Obviously, our relationship has changed over the years, but even back then he was demanding and precise and expected a lot from all of his players. That was clear from the very start. Since then, I’ve just been hardwiring started for me. Now when I get back to camp and get back into my routines, it just gets activated and I’m ready to go!"

Q: What was behind your decision to report to camp early?

Brady: "This offseason was very fulfilling for me. Traveling to new countries, spending time with my kids and extended family, reconnecting with friends — it helped me recharge and get emotionally and mentally ready for another football season. I am ready to go. Excited for the new challenge. I also have a process to prepare myself for football. And, while I try to stick to that no matter where I am in the world, there’s no question that being at home, in the facility, at my TB12 sports therapy center, surrounded by the right people, puts me in the best position to succeed. It’s a great tradition for Patriot QBs to be early."

Q: What are some of your training camp must-haves? (Food, gadgets, etc)

Brady: "I am a creature of habit. I like my routines. So I’d say those are the must haves: I need good sleep. I need good nutrition. I need time to reconnect with my coaches and teammates, get my timing right on the field, and review tape. I need time to work with Alex. And I need minimal distractions, so that I can accomplish all of those things. There are no shortcuts to training camp. Consistency, focus, determination, and discipline on a daily basis are what being a professional is all about — not any lucky charms or gadgets!"

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