Editor’s word: The next is excerpted from creator and sportscaster Jim Grey’s “Speaking to GOATs: The Moments You Bear in mind and the Tales You By no means Heard” (William Morrow, November 2020). Grey has a protracted skilled and private relationship with legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady. At Westwood One, Grey is the studio host for NFL Monday Night time Soccer and the Tremendous Bowl, with broadcast associate Tom Brady, probably the most embellished quarterback in Tremendous Bowl historical past.
Leaving New England was tough for Tom, however after twenty years, he felt the dynamic wasn’t working anymore.
You may see this constructing for a few seasons.
I requested in Could of 2018 if he felt appreciated the Patriots and did they’ve the suitable gratitude for what he had achieved. He responded, “I plead the Fifth.”
Then, after a protracted pause, Brady mentioned, “That’s a troublesome query, however normally everybody desires to be appreciated extra at work.”
Was he pleased? He paused for a number of extra seconds. “I’ve my moments,” he mentioned. Finally, he concluded he needed to depart to develop in methods he couldn’t have if he stayed.
The Patriots went 12–four in his ultimate season in New England, however Tom knew they weren’t constant or dynamic sufficient to actually contend, the best way that they had for therefore a few years. A deep frustration set in, which Tom expressed to me in individual and on our radio present.
When free company began, there have been a number of groups concerned. The Raiders, 49ers, and Dolphins all reached out.
Household remained the overriding issue. His son Jack lives in New York and would often come to Boston for visits and Gisele’s mother and father stay in Brazil, so staying on the East Coast made issues simpler. However Tom can also be from California—his mother and father and sisters nonetheless stay there—so the West Coast held its personal attraction, with the Niners, Raiders, and Chargers.
In the end, Brady picked between the Bears, the Bucs, and the Chargers, selecting Tampa Bay.
Earlier than he instructed the world, he known as me on FaceTime and mentioned he had gone to see Robert Kraft, the Patriots’ proprietor.
Kraft thought Brady needed to finalize a brand new contract, however Tom instructed him as an alternative that he was leaving. He thanked Kraft. He needed to thank Belichick, however the coach wasn’t accessible to fulfill in individual, so that they spoke respectfully over the cellphone.
That dialog marked the top of the best dynasty within the historical past of the NFL and maybe all of sports activities.
Tom instructed me he had written two statements that he deliberate to launch, and he learn them to me.
He cruised means of the one he had penned to the followers. However when he started to say what he had authored about his teammates, he began to cry and needed to cease studying.
I sat there silent, soaking in the great thing about the assertion and the way a lot his time in New England had meant to him. On the finish of our dialog, Tom instructed me he felt pleased and relieved.
Subsequent? Brady was on to Tampa Bay.
I hadn’t sensed any such pleasure with Tom in a very long time. Sure, he nonetheless desires to play till he’s forty-five, however he understands the NFL is week to week.
From “TALKING TO GOATS” Jim Grey. Copyright © 2020 Scratchy Productions, Inc. Excerpted courtesy of William Morrow, HarperCollins Publishers.