After “The Last Dance” swept the nation, a 10-part series that relived Michael Jordan’s legendary career with the Chicago Bulls, it was announced that the Bucs’ quarterback Tom Brady will be the focus of a nine-part series that will debut in 2021, titled “Man In The Arena.”
Brady tweeted the series’ trailer on Thursday.
I have quoted Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech since I saw it painted on our weight room wall at UM in 1995. It’s a constant reminder to ignore the noise, buckle my chinstrap, and battle through whatever comes my way.
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) May 21, 2020
According to a report from Deadline.com, the docuseries will be co-produced by ESPN, 199 Productions – Brady’s new content company that he launched earlier this year – and Gotham Chopra, who also created and directed the “Tom vs. Time” series. Connor Schell, a co-creator and long-time producer for ESPN’s 30 For 30 series, will also be a part of the production team.
The series will document Brady’s historic run to nine Super Bowl appearances, including six Super Bowl victories, over his 20-year career with the New England Patriots, presumably in addition to his transition to the Bucs.
“The series will be Brady’s first-hand account of the most iconic moments of his NFL career, including each of his nine Super Bowl appearances as quarterback of the New England Patriots,” Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. said. “Also in there will be smaller, seemingly insignificant instances that became pivotal events and paved the path of the future Hall of Famer’s journey, which takes a new chapter after his move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
“Realizing my potential has been what my career’s been all about,” Brady said in the series trailer. “Things that I’ve dreamed about have actually come true.”
“It’s been a complete evolution. How I just kept kind of fighting and clawing to continue to power forward. You just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you keep trying to make progress, so when I look at over 20 years I say, ‘Look at how far I’ve come.’ But there’s not one step that I took where I realized how far I’ve come. Those series of steps that I’ve put together, I go, ‘Wow, that’s quite a journey.'”