Tom Brady says his “appetite to compete” “will soon disappear”

Tom Brady’s message this time seems a little different – and it’s a little out of character for him.

It’s true that Brady fooled us once before, retiring this offseason in what seemed like a hasty decision before deciding a month later to play in the 2022 NFL season.

But in a frank moment Wednesday on the “Dan Patrick Show,” Brady admitted that the fiery drive that once fueled him is starting to drain as he approaches his 45-year season.

“I had an appetite to compete and it will soon be over,” Brady said when asked how his decision to return went. “I mean, there is no question. I just have to really appreciate the time I have left, because it’s not much.”

Is this the first time Brady has admitted that there is a limit to his thrust? Maybe we’re making too big a deal on this one, but Brady is notoriously both jaw-dropping and reserved when it comes to giving a real window into his gamer mindset.

Lest anyone be worried about his hunger running out before or during the season, Brady made sure to note that he was feeling “super competitive” when he decided to flip his original models for retirement.

“And partly crazy,” he added.

Brady did not openly tell Patrick that this was his final NFL season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But it’s hard not to read in his comments about his career slipping away as anything but an indication that it’s his latest run.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady speaks like a man who knows it’s his last NFL season. (Photo by Cliff Welch / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Tom Brady admits that he will eventually have “growing pains” as a broadcaster

Brady’s post-game days seem to be fairly scheduled. Whenever he hangs up his cleats, he’ll do a plum concert with Fox. But Brady isn’t taking the Drew Brees path and stepping into a studio role, instead he’s heading straight into a game analyst job that he thinks fits better into his experience than he does up to this point.

“I have attended every production meeting for 22 years since I started playing in 2001,” said Brady. “I know what those guys are asking, I know what they have been asked to do and I think it’s very similar to a team that goes on a journey to prepare for a match.”

That said, Brady has admitted that he expects to have some rookie moments in his new job.

“There’s a lot of learning curve … obviously, it’s going to be a totally new career,” Brady said. “It is a new opportunity for me to try something that I will work really hard on to prepare myself to be as good as possible, knowing that the day I walk on set for the first time will not be my best time.

“There will be a lot of growing pains and I will have to learn to be really good.”

Fox, who handed out a $ 375 million deal to Brady, is he comfortable with his future “growing pains?” In any case, they have no choice.

While Fox’s Greg Olsen looks like a natural potential in his ad job, he’s still fairly new to the job. CBS’s Tony Romo was one of the first players to become a TV hit, but even his star seems to have faded after a hot start.

Brees was clearly a strange fit in his new role with NBC, and Jason Witten went from heavily mocked “Monday Night Football” analyst to playing again.

Not everyone can do it, even an exceptional QB like Brady was. He will have to open the valve a little more on what he can share, certainly more than he did during the meeting with the media. He thinks of all the wild moments in Brady’s career in the NFL that you would love to have a truth serum account of.

That might be asking a little too much, since calling the games and doing a revealing bio are two completely different affairs. But perhaps the heartfelt moment of him “going away soon” will be a harbinger of how Brady works as a broadcaster. If so, we could be in a devil of revelation.

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