Tom Brady still has some “unfinished business”.
Seven-time NFL Super Bowl champion reunited with former All-Pro receiver Larry Fitzgerald And the announcer of the Hall of Fame Jim Gray With the second season of their Sirius XM radio show kicking off on Monday.
“Let’s go!” Debuting with 45-year-old Brady He talks about his decision to come back for his 23rd season and share his reaction to being ranked #1 on the NFL Top 100 Network.
“You came back after you retired for a little while because you said there was work left unfinished,” Gray said. “What exactly will that be after winning seven Super Bowls?”
Brady said he felt he still owed something to the city of Tampa, especially after the tough 30-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the playoffs.
“Well, it felt like I stayed a little bit. And I want to give it a try. I owe it to my teammates, our great coaches and our entire organization,” Brady said.
The QB star also spoke of his excitement for the Buccaneers’ upcoming season, with the team’s fresh look at the offensive line and a new addition of star Julio Jones joining a loaded receiving corps of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski.
The Buccaneers took a heavy blow on their offensive front, with Brady citing the loss of goalkeeper Alex Capa to the Bengals, goalkeeper Ali Marib retired, and Ryan Jensen sustaining an injury at training camp.
Despite having a new and improved offensive line, Brady admitted that the freshmen had a lot of work to do.
Gray also acknowledged that the 45-year-old star is the oldest active player in the NFL, and has been ranked number one on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players list.
“Obviously it’s going to be very interesting any time you get recognition from your peers. It’s pretty cool,” said the future Hall of Fame QB.
“I will look at a lot of achievements and feel very privileged and blessed to play for such a long period of time. But I have always felt that these are the ultimate trophies for the team.”
Brady also spoke about the difference he now plays at age 45 versus when he was drafted into the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.
“I think I’m a better footballer now, obviously. That also comes with a lot of other aspects of life that are still changing. Because it’s your life, and I think I mentioned it a few weeks ago, everyone deals with different things in their lives,” Brady said.
“So even though I’m playing at 23research and development In the year I have a new student in high school who also plays football. I have a 12 year old who is going through his life. I have a 9 year old girl who is living her life. I have two parents.”
“I have a lot of things that are really important endeavors and goals off the pitch that you try to maximize as well. So we all have different things going on and I think once the football season comes around, I really believe in what I need to do and how I need to focus.”
The Buccaneers are only a few days away from their first-week game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, with Brady noting that it will be a challenge despite his preparation.
“We are up against a good team. The Cowboys are very talented in all three phases,” Brady said. “They do a really good job with their defensive scheme, they change their fronts a lot. They change their coverage.”
The Buccaneers will be looking to grab their first win of the season, even though Brady knows it’s a long shot at coming back in the Super Bowl.
“We’re going to have a good week of training, putting ourselves in the best prepared position we can be in. Now we’re going to go out there and see if we can get the job done.”
“Let’s go!” It will be broadcast every Monday on SiriusXM throughout the 2022 NFL season, where it will be available on all major podcast platforms.