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Recently, former Bucs running back LeSean McCoy appeared on the I Am Athlete podcast. On the show, McCoy discussed a number of topics, including his time with the Bucs and Tom Brady. The 12-year veteran raved about Brady’s intangibles, telling several hilarious stories about Brady’s competitive fire.

Bucs QB Tom Brady and Chiefs SS Tyrann Mathieu

Bucs QB Tom Brady and Chiefs SS Tyrann Mathieu – Photo by: USA Today

“Tom ain’t soft though!” McCoy said. “Hold up! Hold up! Tom a gangster too though. [Super Bowl], we played the Chiefs. And Tyrann Mathieu…AB caught the touchdown on him and Tom was like,’yeah!’. You know? And Tom gets [into it]. He’s like, ‘great catch!’ And it was on Mathieu. So Mathieu felt like it was this, ‘get off me’ type of thing. And Tom came over to him and was like, ‘hey man, I didn’t mean nothing by that’. And Mathieu said, ‘nah, man, f**k that’. So Tom said, ‘Well, ‘f**k you!’. The whole sideline was like, ‘oh shit! he’s human!’.”

I Am Athlete co-hosts Chad Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Omar Kelly and D.J. Williams howled as McCoy told the story. But the Pro Bowl running back wasn’t done. He recalled another Brady trash-talking story, this one against the Bucs hated divisional rivals.

“Another one, right?” McCoy said. “We played the Saints (in the playoffs). This is a funny one. Don’t kill me, Tom (for telling this story). This is a funny one, alright? They beat us twice that year. Beat the shit out of us. They sweep us. We get to the playoffs, everybody knows that Drew Brees is retiring. He wasn’t the same, arm wasn’t the same.

“So Tom is like, ‘hey great to see you’, all this great shit, right? We beat ’em! (After the game) Tom is out there throwing with (Brees’) kids. Him and his son, they’re throwing to Brees’ son, right? Kissing babies. We get back to the locker room, Tom goes, ‘I got his ass! Let’s go! Sit his ass down!’ We were all like, ‘ohhhh!'”

How Brady Transformed The Bucs

Brady’s competitive fire is renowned across the league, but we don’t get many specific stories like McCoy shared. The running back went on to gush about how Brady transformed the locker room in Tamp Bay during the 2020 season.

“He’s the best teammate/competitor and leader I have ever seen in my life,” McCoy said. “He’s the only play I’ve ever been around, quarterback or coach, that what he says you believe it. You know, ‘go out there and walk on water’. You’re gonna believe it, because he ain’t telling you something that he’s not gonna do. This dude, he trains all day.

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“First of all, we practice. After that, everybody else is like, ‘we’re going to get some (water, gatorade)’. We’re tired. [Brady’s] going to get some more treatment, then some more treatment. For the Championship, we get the extra week off. So coach gave us like a nice three days to rest. Not this dude. He sent the offense a group chat text message. Bro. They got video, you can see him, he’s at home. He’s got video. The left cornerback: ‘Bad feet, doesn’t turn his hips’. Whatever, whatever. Next video. This dude, he’s great at ball skills, this and that. Going to the safety now. He went through the whole defense, the linebackers.

“We’re in a side chat. Me, Mike Evans, all of them. We’re like, ‘Yo, this dude is really locked in’. I’ve never seen it like that! Like, he wants to win! He’s like, ‘I’m not chasing these other quarterbacks, I’m chasing M.J. (Michael Jordan). I’m chasing greatness’. Ain’t nobody better than Brady.”

McCoy went on to talk about the changes the Bucs made during the bye week in 2020, and how much Brady respects the authority of coaches. Later in the show, the guys also have a conversation about Antonio Brown. You can listen to the entire podcast here.

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About the Author: Jon Ledyard

Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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BucLife
BucLife(@dback4life)
9 days ago

Just listened to the first half of the the Podcast and McCoy said something else super interesting.
He stated that Brady was the reason why they got things turned around offensively after the Bye last year. Before that, he was just running BAs system. In the Bye they Brady sat down with BA and Leftwich and they incorporated some of Brady’s stuff into the offense. The change of play calling was pretty apparent at that time and it was cool to hear what went into that.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan(@naplesfan)
Reply to  BucLife
9 days ago

Yeah, well, according to a certain noisy crowd of PR commenters, our play calling absolutely sucks all the time. And our coaches are the World’s Worst Coaches. Funny how our horrible play calling and World’s Worst Coaches somehow, along with the players, have produced (so far) a Super Bowl champion, a NFC South Division champion (so far), the best won-loss record in team history, the second leading scoring offense along with the leading pass offense. Whenever I bring up the FACT that Tom Brady always calls the plays at the line of scrimmage, when the ball is snapped, the bitchers… Read more »

Last edited 9 days ago by Naplesfan
Horse
Horse(@horse)
Reply to  Naplesfan
9 days ago

Spot on!

WVBuc
WVBuc(@wvbuc)
Reply to  Naplesfan
9 days ago

One key thing, not to suggest much of this is untrue as Brady obviously has carte blanche at the los, is that Byron is speaking to Tom until 15 seconds remain on the play clock. NFL QBs do not have to look to the sideline as we see in college.

SenileSenior
SenileSenior(@xpfcwintergreen)
Reply to  Naplesfan
9 days ago

Yes, I realize I echoed what you said, Naplesfan. I just want to shout and curse at some of our fans sometimes (or worse). 🥵
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Go Bucs!!!!!!

cgmaster27
cgmaster27(@cgmaster27)
Reply to  Naplesfan
9 days ago

So out one side of your mouth, you’re stating that our offensive coordinator doesn’t suck, yet Brady had to change the offense. Then stating Brady does everything all the way down to calling plays. So tell us, what exactly is the point of Byron? According to you , he doesn’t do anything.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
Reply to  cgmaster27
8 days ago

Don’t go trying to use logic when it comes to nipples. You’re going to hurt his head.

Michael76
Michael76(@michael76)
Reply to  Naplesfan
8 days ago

I’m shocked that Jon let you post. I’ve learned that the little dipshit can and does screen comments, and blocks comments contrary to his small minded view

SenileSenior
SenileSenior(@xpfcwintergreen)
Reply to  BucLife
9 days ago

Some fans overlook the reality of the situation and simplistically think Brady is in charge of everything. BA actually is our head coach. BL actually is our offensive coordinator. TB actually is our quarterback. His main role is as our “field general”. He makes the last second decisions “when the bullets are flying”. He is THE consummate performer at what he does. That’s why he is called the GOAT.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1(@aredsoxfan1)
Reply to  SenileSenior
8 days ago

Right on old man. nipples has no clue as usual. Brady ain’t calling the plays, the OC is. Brady is typically getting the team out of a bad play-call a handful of times during the game when he doesn’t like the play called against the defense he sees. Otherwise, what the hell’s the point of even having Leftwich around?

bucballer
bucballer(@bucballer)
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
8 days ago

I think the truth actually lies closer to…BL calls the plays. Brady can audible out of the call if he sees something he doesn’t like. And I’m sure Brady has called his own play on occasion, but standard operating procedures r that the OC calls in the plays and depending on the look the QB, if he’s got the juice, can audible to another play. This seems to be more likely to me. Otherwise, why does BL wear the headphones all game and why does he carry the play chart?

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