Bucs QB Tom Brady made his first ever appearance on the Howard Stern show on Wednesday and spent just over two hours talking with the legendary radio host. In that time, Brady and Stern covered a multitude of topics about his career spanning from moving his family into Derek Jeter’s home, his dieting on the TB12 method, leaving the New England Patriots, playing for the Bucs, and much more.
Stern has admitted that he’s not the biggest sports fan, but was able to get some big revelations out of Brady, including that Brady knew was leaving New England before the start of last season.
“I don’t think there was a final, final decision until it happened,” Brady said. “But I would say I probably knew before the start of last season that it was my last year. I knew that it was just – our time was coming to an end.”
It came as a surprise at the beginning of free agency when Brady announced that he was leaving the Patriots even before the Bucs signed him. Many fans thought he would be a Patriot for life and did not want him to risk his legacy by playing for and failing on another team. But that hasn’t concerned Brady one bit.
“I never cared about legacy,” Brady said. “I couldn’t give a (expletive) about that. I never once when I was in high school said ‘Man, I can’t wait for what my football legacy looks like.’ It’s just not me, that’s not my personality. Why would I choose a different place? Because it was just time. I don’t know what to say other than that. I accomplished everything I could in two decades with an incredible organization, an incredible group of people, and that will never change. No one could ever take that away from me, no one could ever take those experiences or Super Bowl championships away from us.”
Brady said he had wrote down and prioritized about 20 different things that were important to him for picking his new team. When it came to choosing the Bucs, Brady said one of the big reasons he decided on Tampa Bay was because of Bruce Arians.
“I like him a lot,” Brady said. “And I think part of the reason why I chose here was, I mean there were a lot of reasons. I think even being a free agent I learned so much about having the opportunity to evaluate where the priorities really were for me. Coaching was obviously hugely important, and he’s been a long time coach. He has a different way about him but I think it’s authentic to him and I think the best thing for a coach to be is authentic to who you are. He’s definitely someone who tells you straight, which I appreciate that too.”