Howard Stern was dying to get Tom Brady to dish some dirt on his relationship with Bill Belichick, one which many believe helped lead to his departure.
The well-known radio host, who has a reputation of making his subjects spill their deepest, darkest secrets, made several attempts during their two-plus hour marathon conversation Wednesday on SiriusXM radio to get the GOAT to dump on Belichick. https://embed.sendtonews.com/oembed/?fk=YKI2p6nA&cid=4407&sound=off&format=json&offsetx=0&offsety=0&floatwidth=400&floatposition=bottom-right&float=on
Only, Brady didn't give in.
While the former Patriots quarterback admitted plenty, such as wife Gisele being so unhappy with their marriage at one point that she wrote him a lengthy letter prompting him to make some changes to spend more time with the kids, there were no such revelations about the Hoodie.
The GOAT also talked about smoking weed in college. He provided incredible personal details about his life.
But Belichick? A man he's had a relationship with for 20 years?
Brady still wouldn't budge. While he took what appeared to be a few veiled shots at his former head coach in the Players' Tribune piece he penned earlier in the week — writing about going to a place where could * lead and collaborate,” and also be * seen and heard,” — he didn't let on that there was any problem with his relationship with Belichick.
In fact, he loathes the debate over who was most responsible for the Patriots' championships.
“I think it's a pretty (expletive) argument actually that people would say that, because again, I can't do his job, and he can't do mine,” Brady told Stern. “So the fact you could say, ‘Would I be successful without him, the same level of success?' I don't believe I would have been. But I feel the same and vice versa, as well.
“To have him allow me to be the best I can be … I'm grateful for that,” Brady went on. * I very much believe that he feels the same way about me, because we've expressed that to each other.”
Stern pressed further, asking if Brady fostered any resentment that Belichick didn't make him a Patriot for life.
“No, absolutely not,” Brady answered, his voice raising. “No, because this is a part for me, in my life, to experience something very different. There's ways for me to grow and evolve in a different way that I haven't had the opportunity to do — that aren't right or wrong, but just right for me.”
But why leave New England and risk hurting his legacy, he was asked? Why not just leave the game, since there's nothing more to prove?
“I never cared about legacy. I could 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.' That's just not me. That's just not my personality. So why would I choose a different place? It was just because it was time. I don't know what to say beyond that.
“I accomplished everything I could in two decades with an incredible organization, an incredible group of people, and that will never change,” he went on. * And no one can ever take that away from me, no one can ever take those experiences or Super Bowl championships away from us.”
Stern tried one more tack to see if he could get Brady to open up, and toss some grenades. He mentioned Belichick perhaps wanting to move on from him earlier, by bringing in another quarterback (Jimmy Garoppolo). In that light, Brady was asked if Belichick's loyalty influenced his decision to head to Tampa.
“I think he has a lot of loyalty. He and I have had a lot of conversations that nobody has ever been privy to, nor should they be, that so many wrong assumptions were made about our relationship or about how he felt about me. I know genuinely how he feels about me,” Brady said. “Now I'm not going to respond to every rumor or assumption that's made, other than what his responsibility as coach is to get the best player for the team — not only in the short-term but in the long-term as well.
“So what I could control is trying to be the best I could be in both of those situations also. I got into uncharted territory as an athlete because I started to break the mold of what so many other athletes had experienced, so I got to the point where I was an older athlete, and he's starting to plan for the future, which is what his responsibility is.
“I don't fault him for that. That's what he should be doing. Not that I would ever coach, but if I was ever in a position of authority, I would understand that too.”
Brady claimed to understand, given his age, why Belichick would bring in Jimmy G when he did, and that it didn't ruffle his feathers. It's important to point out, however, that Brady's game picked up after Garoppolo's arrival. The belief has been Jimmy G provided motivational fuel for the incumbent.
It's also been reported recently that Brady was unhappy how he was being marginalized, and his voice wasn't being heard. Sources familiar with the situation have confirmed that contention.
Brady, however, lauded Belichick for hearing him out, especially if he didn't feel a certain player should be on the field in the offense. Belichick always backed him, he said.
* I would say (to Belichick) I don't have any trust that this guy can help us win the game. I definitely expressed my opinion, to say, ‘if you put him out there, I'm not going to throw him the ball,' because the whole team is trusting me to do what's right by the team,” said Brady. * So you can't put someone out there I don't believe in. Because if I don't believe in him, it's worthless for the team.
“And I think fortunately for me, Coach Belichick always saw it the same way as me, which is why I think we have such a great connection because he saw football very much the same way I saw it … we saw the process of winning very much the same way.”
Did that change? Did Brady hit a breaking point this season? He wouldn't say.
To the disappointment of Stern, he publicly remained true to his former coach.