Tom Brady‘s discussion about his professional future and eventually his retirement has made Patriots fans worried about their favorite quarterback.
“I’m sitting here three days after the year getting my Achilles worked on and my thumb and you go, ‘What are we doing this for? What are we doing this for? Who are we doing this for? Why are we doing this?’ You have to have answers for those questions and they have to be with a lot of conviction,” he said. “When you lose your conviction you probably should be doing something else.”
His decision to miss the voluntary workouts this spring spurred debate over whether Brady still have that conviction.
Brady put an end to the speculations in a Q&A with Religion of Sports released Monday.
“Football is my entertainment,” Brady said. “There’s nothing I love more, which is why I’m still playing. Knowing that my coaches, teammates, and I are aligned on our goals — which is to get better every day and go deep into the season again — is what excites me the most.
“Getting out on the practice field with them and getting our timing right, tinkering with new ideas and plays, figuring out the chemistry with the new guys, going at it with the defense — all of it — is what drives me. I mean, I love it. I guess that you could say I found my conviction [wink emoji]. It’s football season — LET’S GO!!!!”
Brady was also asked about what he remembers most from his first training camp.
“Drew Bledsoe was obviously a great leader for this team and mentor to me when I came into the league. Willie McGinest, Ty Law, Tedy Bruschi, Ted Johnson — those were guys I watched and learned from in terms of how they prepared and carried themselves. Bruce Armstrong was on that team, and he’s probably one of the all-time greats. I obviously built a rapport with Troy Brown. And Bill — I mean, I’ve been lucky enough to play for the best coach in the history of the game. Obviously, our relationship has changed over the years, but even back then he was demanding and precise and expected a lot from all of his players,” answered Brady. “That was clear from the very start. Since then, I’ve just been hardwiring started for me. Now when I get back to camp and get back into my routines, it just gets activated and I’m ready to go!”
Regarding his decision to report to camp early, Tom Brady stated:
“This offseason was very fulfilling for me. Traveling to new countries, spending time with my kids and extended family, reconnecting with friends — it helped me recharge and get emotionally and mentally ready for another football season. I am ready to go. Excited for the new challenge. I also have a process to prepare myself for football. And, while I try to stick to that no matter where I am in the world, there’s no question that being at home, in the facility, at my TB12 sports therapy center, surrounded by the right people, puts me in the best position to succeed. It’s a great tradition for Patriot QBs to be early.”
There you have it, guys – Tom Brady still feels the same passion and determination that makes him the G.O.A.T.