Tom Brady sends total love letter to the Patriots, Belichick and Kraft in what was supposed to be the final documentary episode – CBS Boston

By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Tom Brady’s documentary series was Assumed be a nine-part project, with an episode dedicated to each of the Patriots’ seasons that ended with a Super Bowl appearance while in New England. Of course, Brady went out and won a Super Bowl the first year in Tampa, requiring the addition of a 10th episode.

Let Tom Brady ruin well-made plans by winning another Super Bowl.

Yet for all intents and purposes, the ninth installment of “Man In The Arena” – which debuted on ESPN + on Tuesday – was the final chapter in this series. While much of the 51-minute special is spent detailing the entire 2018 season, Brady is at his most thoughtful point in the entire series in this particular episode, using the final minutes to serve as a farewell. sincere and message of appreciation to Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots.

Any Patriots fans who have struggled to adjust to the new normal will certainly want to enjoy the last few minutes of it.

With Belichick, Brady explained that his relationship with the coach was always professional and never really personal.

“Coach Belichick and I had a very good relationship for so many years, but he was still a player-coach. He was there to coach football, I was there to play football,” Brady said. .

Yet in this relationship there was mutual appreciation.

“He always said there was nobody I would rather have as a quarterback for our team than you, and I felt the same about him as a coach,” Brady said.

Obviously, that relationship ended after the 2019 season, when Brady left for sunnier skies in Florida. Despite the obvious issues from the 2017 season that bled into the 2018 offseason, Brady said he viewed these issues as mere blips over a 20-year period of work under Belichick.

“I had a great relationship with Coach Belichick. I think he wanted a quarterback to show up everyday and put the team first, and I wanted a coach who show up every day and put the team first. And we’ve found an amazing working relationship together. And I think he was the best coach I could ask for, ”Brady said. “We had our challenges at different times, but they were just times. They don’t define what the relationship was. And in the end, we accomplished things that no one had ever accomplished in NFL history.

While it was brief, Brady also reflected on how Robert Kraft has shaped his life.

“I have had 20 of the most amazing years of my life with a team, an owner, Mr. Kraft, whom I love so much, who have made me the man I am,” Brady said.

And this appreciation has moved throughout the building.

“The set-up was amazing, from the people I’ve met in the practice room to the equipment room to the video room – to everything that makes up a championship set-up,” Brady said.

(This is where a less honorable the writer would make a DeflateGate joke. Not this one, however.)

From there, Brady added depth to the words of appreciation.

“I think for me it all comes down to people. I have only been able to accomplish what I have professionally and personally thanks to the people who have entered my life, ”he said. “And so many people came into my life at those times that were the most important times in that time for what I needed. Obviously, there is this line – when a student is ready, the teacher appears. But it’s really been my life. And I think I’ve been open and curious, but raising a family and having a career in football, it all comes down to people and relationships. So that’s what I appreciate the most.

Brady took this point further, offering an interesting summary of his entire career saying that no one will care at all about his achievements in football in the future. For a man who has had an unprecedented obsession with winning, this is certainly an interesting revelation.

“That’s the best part – it’s the people,” he said. “It’s not a Super Bowl ring. His ‘Man, we did this together. ‘ And I think that’s what I share with everyone. This is what I share with my family when we win. Who am I looking for right away at the end of the game? My family. And my teammates, so I can hug them. It’s not okay, ‘Man, I can’t wait to get on stage so I can boast.’ And it’s like those moments in life, I guess no one cares at the end of the day. Fifty years from now, no one will care. Just do something joyful with your life. And I found people who I can really be happy with.

While most of that thinking was obviously positive, Brady hasn’t ignored the negatives either. The title of the episode, in fact, was “Maybe”, based on the parable of the Chinese farmer. Brady said the news helped him get a good perspective on everything that had happened to him personally and professionally.

“Anything that’s bad usually turns out pretty good in the end, because you learn the most,” Brady said. “I always try to find learning in defeat and to find the good in the bad. And that has served me really well.

As far as the bad goes, Brady took care of most of that in the eighth episode. This shone a light on Alex Guerrero, who was banned from the Patriots’ training hall in 2017, which has been an overall stressful year for Brady. He also focused on Rob Gronkowski, who was on the verge of leaving the sport at the time in question. In it, there weren’t many grievances, although Brady let former patriot Damien Woody and ESPN host Wendi Nix do that part for him.

In a clip from an ESPN studio show, Woody described playing for the Patriots as being in a “dark tunnel.” You don’t realize you were a part of it until you walk out of it and see confetti falling on you. He said the process is a chore but ultimately worth it.

Nix then asked Woody a few straightforward questions: “Is it also possible, Damien, that this is not for everyone?” always? That maybe it can work for a while, and then as you get into a veteran player, as you get it right, it gets tired? “

The documentary didn’t include Woody’s response, but it did include a cut-out of Brady looking a bit worn.

The inclusion of this clip from executive producer Tom Brady seems to explain why quarterback Tom Brady finally knew it was time for him to leave.

Still, the documentary episode doesn’t focus on the 2019 season or the bitter end. It focuses on the last race to glory – which was a very compelling championship story – with some additional comments from Julian Edelman.

But more than anything, this episode was meant to be the last installment in the series, so it serves as a farewell and thank you to the place that welcomed Brady to the league as a largely unknown sixth round pick and the has employed through the most successful and dominant 20-year period in NFL history.

“I wouldn’t change a thing,” Brady concluded. “I wouldn’t change the good, I wouldn’t change the bad. I take the memories with me and I take the relationships. And there was no better place I could be than in New England playing for the Patriots. “

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