Tom Brady opens up on relationship with Bill Belichick, acknowledges he knew before last year it would be last with Patriots

Ryan Hannable
April 08, 2020 - 10:27 am
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Leave it to Howard Stern to get Tom Brady to open up.

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The former Patriots quarterback joined The Howard Stern Show Wednesday morning for an interview that lasted over two hours where he opened up on a number of different things, both on and off the football field.

One of the most noteworthy topics was his decision to leave the Patriots.

Brady admitted he had a good idea before last year it was going to be his last in New England, although it wasn't definite until he spoke with Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick the week of free agency.

"I would say I probably knew before the start of last season that it was my last year," he said. "I knew that our time was coming to an end."

Brady added: "I accomplished everything I could in two decades with an incredible organization, an incredible group of people, and that will never change. No one can ever take that away from me, no one can ever take those experiences or Super Bowl championships away from us."

The 42-year-old said he does not have any resentment towards Bill Belichick for not allowing him to be a Patriot for life.

"No, absolutely not," Brady said. "No, because this is a part for me, in my life, to experience something very different. There are ways for me to grow and evolve in a different way that I haven't had the opportunity to do -- that aren't right or wrong, but just right for me. ... I never cared about legacy. I could give a (expletive) about that. I never once, when I was in high school, said, 'Man, I can't wait for what my football legacy looks like.' That's just not me. That's just not my personality."

As for his relationship with Belichick, Brady seemed to indicate it is better than most think since all their conversations are not made public. Also, he understands that he's 42 years old so it's understandable why Belichick would be OK with moving on from him.

"I think he has a lot of loyalty," Brady said. "He and I have had a lot of conversations that nobody has ever been privy to, nor should they be, that so many wrong assumptions were made about our relationship or about how he felt about me. I know genuinely how he feels about me. Now I'm not going to respond to every rumor or assumption that's made, other than what his responsibility as coach is to get the best player for the team -- not only in the short term but in the long term as well.

"So what I could control is trying to be the best I could be in both of those situations also. I got into uncharted territory as an athlete because I started to break the mold of what so many other athletes had experienced, so I got to the point where I was an older athlete and he's starting to plan for the future, which is what his responsibility is. I don't fault him for that. That's what he should be doing. Not that I would ever coach, but if I was ever in a position of authority, I would understand that too."

Brady also discussed at length his relationship with Gisele Bundchen, his new home in Tampa Bay, his relationship with Donald Trump and much, much more.

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