TAMPA, Florida (AP / WFLA) – Tom Brady started his last season in New England with a strong inkling that it would be his last with the Patriots.
The six-time Super Bowl champion, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the free agency last month, said in SiriusXM’s “The Howard Stern Show” on Wednesday that it was “only time” for a change, and repeated that he had none hard feelings towards coach Bill Belichick, not making him a patriot for life.
“I think he has a lot of loyalty and I think he and I have had many conversations that no one has ever been familiar with and that shouldn’t be,” said Brady Stern in a more than two-hour interview.
“There have been so many wrong assumptions about our relationship or how he felt about me. I really know how he feels about me, ”added the four-time Super Bowl MVP.
“Now I will not respond to every rumor or assumption that was made beyond his responsibility as a coach, not only in the short term, but also in the long term to find the best player for the team. ”
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Brady, who turns 43 in August, said he was “breaking new ground” as an athlete when he continued to perform at a high level in recent years.
“I was an older athlete and he started planning for the future for which he is responsible. And I don’t blame him for that, ”Brady said of Belichick. “He should do that. Every coach should do that.”
Brady signed a $ 50 million two-year deal with the Bucs last month and joined a team with the worst profit share in the history of the league.
Tampa Bay has not reached the playoffs since 2007 and has not had a post-season win since its lone Super Bowl championship 18 years ago.
“I never took care of the legacy. I never said in high school, “Man, I can’t wait to see what my soccer legacy looks like.” I mean, that’s just not me. It is not my personality. Why should I choose a different location? It is because it was only time. I don’t know what else to say, “said Brady.
“I had done everything. I have achieved everything I could in two decades with an incredible organization, an incredible group of people. That will never change, ”said the three-time NFL MVP. “And nobody can ever take that away from me. Nobody can ever take away these experiences or Super Bowl championships. “
Brady also talked about moving his family to a furnished mansion that he rented from Derek Jeter in Tampa.
“I will stay here for a while,” he said. “I had to find a place at very short notice and he was a friend of mine, so we just talked and everything worked out.”
Brady said he gets “all the benefits without responsibility” and if something breaks he’ll “call and I’ll get in touch with him and he’ll get it fixed!”
The seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom property extends over 30,000 square meters and is surrounded by a six-foot high privacy fence. However, it is still not as private as his former home in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
“I was pretty private for a long time where I lived in Chestnut Hill,” said Brady. “So in a way I forgot as if people could drive to your home. They couldn’t go to my house where I lived on Chestnut Hill. Here they could drive to the back of the house. “
He added, “This is a little different because when you go out into the back yard there are a lot of boats and people in front.”
Brady also shared his marriage to supermodel Gisele Bündchen, who tried marijuana and alcohol as a teenager but didn’t enjoy lifestyle, and his college career in Michigan.
The quarterback also spoke extensively about his decision to skip OTAs with the patriots in recent years after reading a letter from his wife, who at the time was unhappy with some aspects of their marriage.
“What was important to them, what was important to me, was our family and our relationship, and at different times, like every couple, things have to be changed,” said Brady, who said he kept the letter.
“A few years ago, she didn’t feel like I would do my part for the family. … She felt like I was playing football all season and she would take care of the house, and then when that season closed Would end, I would say, “Great, let me get into all my other business activities, let me get into my soccer training.” And she sits there and says, “Well, when are you going to do things for the house? When are you taking the kids to school? ”said Brady.
“I had to make a big change in my life to say,” I can’t do everything I wanted to do for football like I used to, “he added.” I have to be with my family take care of things “because my family … the situation wasn’t great. They weren’t happy with our marriage.
Brady was asked several questions about his relationship with Belichick, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2000 draft – No. 199 overall.
The quarterback insisted that there was never a gap between him and the coach who was most responsible for New England’s success.
“I can’t do his job and he can’t do mine. The fact that you could say,” Would I be just as successful without him? “I don’t think I would have been. But the other way around, too Brady said, “Letting him have the best that I can be. I’m grateful for that. And I really believe that he feels the same about me.”