We all know a big part of what makes Bucs’ quarterback Tom Brady tick is his preparation and determination. It’s Brady’s relentlessness and constant pursuit to be great that has made him the best to ever play at his position..
Brady always has football on the mind, even in the offseason. So much so that Bucs’ quarterback coach Clyde Christensen shared a story of how Brady FaceTimed him the morning after winning Super Bowl LV about how they could get better next season.
“The morning after the Super Bowl, I bet it was 8:30 and we had been out all hours of the night. Had all the grandkids in the bed and got a FaceTime from him at 8:30,” Christensen said. “Basically the message was a couple full. The big thing was he said, ‘hey, I’ve just been sitting here thinking about how we can really be a lot better next year. We still haven’t hit our peak and I really believe we got a chance to be much, much, much better this year.’
“There’s a guy, who, you wake up and all of a sudden he’s thinking about instead of just savoring it for two weeks and starting on next year. There’s a guy who wakes up and is calling his coach and says ‘hey, man, I’m excited about next year because we can be even better. We haven’t his our stride yet.’ Almost every story about him is kind of the same. Almost every conversation is the same, he’s unbelievable.
Bucs QB coach Clyde Christensen and QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today
While most players like to take some time to enjoy the moment, Brady is onto the next one. Though Brady does have his football outlook set, Christensen stated that Brady also enjoys other aspects of his life. Some people become crazed when they obsess over one particular thing, but Brady has always been fun to be around.
“The one thing I’d say about him is that he’s pleasant and he has another life,” Christensen said. “He enjoys people, he enjoys traveling, he enjoys all his other things, so he’s able to do both. He’s amazing that way for me to watch him. Some guys are so possessed that he makes everyone around them miserable. He’s opposite, he’s pleasant to be around and yet you still know what’s on his mind every waking hour. How do I get better? How do I get better?
“That’s a rarity on people who work and are as possessed as he is with one thought, that they tend to make people miserable around them. He’s extremely pleasant to be around, extremely pleasant to be teammates with. It doesn’t mean that you don’t get driven, doesn’t mean that you don’t get better, doesn’t mean that he doesn’t press. He has an ability to keep it in perspective somewhat. ”
Christensen then shared further details on his FaceTime conversation with Brady.
“He was excited,” Christensen said. “He had said all along, I don’t think he was 100 percent last year. His quote, or close to a quote, was ‘hey, I’m going to get my knee fixed up and I’m going to be much better than last year. And you’re going to be excited about that.’ That’s just how he sees things.”