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Tom Brady opens up to Howard Stern Belichick, Trump, and Ivanka

by Arleen To Rot (2020-04-18)

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In a wide-ranging interview with Howard Stern, Tom Brady refuted reports of animosity between himself and his longtime coach Bill Belichick, admitting he cried during their 'farewell' phone call, and opened up about his marriage to Gisele Bundchen, resisting Donald Trump's urging to date his daughter, Ivanka, and refusing to speak on Trump's behalf at the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

Brady recently decided to leave Belichick and the New England Patriots after 20 seasons and six Super Bowl victories to sign a two-year, $50 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  

A self-professed fan of Stern, Brady had never been interviewed on his satellite radio show before Wednesday, when he attempted to do so on a video conference call from the Tampa home he's renting from Yankees legend Derek Jeter.

Those plans were scrapped early on when Brady's screen froze several times. The two-hour interview continued over the phone, with the 42-year-old using a bit more profanity than fans are accustomed to hearing from him. 

'I've got to upgrade his system,' Brady joked about his friend and landlord, Jeter, later saying if something needs to be fixed, he'll just 'call and b**** to him.'  






In one of his first interviews since signing with the Bucs, Tom Brady opened up to Howard Stern on a number of topics, including his reportedly strained relationship with Bill Belichick







Brady is a self-professed fan of Howard Stern (pictured), but had never been interviewed on his satellite radio show before Wednesday, when he attempted to do so on an internet video conference call from the Tampa home he's renting from Yankees legend Derek Jeter







Brady stressed has no resentment towards Belichick (right), adding that he called the Patriots coach from owner Robert Kraft's home on March 16 after deciding to sign with Tampa Bay


Brady stressed he has no resentment towards Belichick, adding that he called the Patriots coach from owner Robert Kraft's Massachusetts mansion on March 16 after deciding to sign with Tampa Bay.

'I wanted him to hear it from me,' Brady told the 66-year-old Stern, adding, 'Yeah, I was crying. I'm an emotional person.' 

While Brady did not officially leave New England until March, he told Stern he knew 2019 would be his final year with the Patriots even before the season began.

'But I would say I probably knew before the start of last season that it was my last year,' Brady said. 'I knew that our time was coming to an end.'






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Stern, who is admittedly not a football fan, tour sapa asked if Brady was motivated by the suggestion that he would not have won his six Super Bowls without Belichick.

Brady objected, saying that wasn't a motivating factor.

'I think it's a pretty s***ty 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 vice versa, as well.'


















Brady said his marriage was strained in New England, where Gisele felt Brady wasn't doing enough at home for their two children Ben (left) and Vivian (bottom) or his son Jack (right)

















Tom Brady also discussed raising his son Jack (far right) with Bridget Moynahan (far left, near right), whom he was with before marrying Gisele Bundchen







Completed in 2011, Jeter's mansion includes seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, a pool, docks and is just a six-mile drive to the Buccaneers' team facility. The biggest problem appears to be the wi-fi connection, which interrupted Brady's interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday 


Stern asked Brady directly if he has any resentment toward Belichick, with whom he worked with for 20 years.

'No, absolutely not,' Brady said. 'No, because this is a part for me, in my life, to experience something very different. There are 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.

'To have him allowed me to be the best I can be, so I'm grateful for that,' he continued. 'I very much believe that he feels the same way about me, because we've expressed that to each other.' 

Stern addressed the various reports that Belichick was eyeing Brady's eventual replacement over their final years together in New England.






Brady called Belichick to say goodbye from the home of Patriots owner Robert Kraft (left)


To Brady, though, Belichick was simply doing his job, and he insisted that his longtime coach had always been loyal to him. 

'I think he has a lot of loyalty,' Brady said. '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.

'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.' 

Brady and Belichick's relationship had soured somewhat in recent years, according to several reports, although the Coach still referred to his quarterback as 'an iconic figure in this organization' when speaking with reporters in January.

In fact, the two have been complimentary towards each other in public, with Belichick saying in 2018 that there's no quarterback he'd rather have, and Brady telling Boston radio station WEEI last year that he gets along well with his 'great mentor.'

However, reports surfaced in 2018 of infighting between the two over disagreements between Brady's trainer and business partner, Alex Guerrero, and the Patriots medical staff. Guerrero was ultimately banned from the sideline, but he and Brady jointly own a training center that sits near the Patriots stadium and practice facility in Foxborough.  

As for his decision to leave New England after 20 years, six Super Bowl wins and three NFL MVP awards, Brady simply said 'it was time,' adding that he wants to see what he can accomplish with the Bucs. 

And when Stern asked him if his legacy needs any more credentials, Brady didn't hesitate to shut down that line of thinking. 

'I never cared about legacy,' he said. 'I could give a s*** 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.'






Brady pictured with son Jack during a 2016 training camp session in Foxborough


Brady also confirmed something that Bundchen had said years ago, claiming that he had suffered several unreported concussions over the years. 

'I've definitely had concussions,' Brady said. 

The issue is that those concussions were never reported by the team and Brady never went through the proper concussion protocol, per league rules. 

The league and tour sapa the players' union investigated the matter after Gisele made the claim in 2017, but both the NFL and the NFLPA disputed her claim.  

Brady confirmed Wednesday that his wife was, in fact, correct.  

He also said he suffered a sports hernia in a 2006 game.

'I thought when I got hit, something happened,' Brady said. 'It ended up being a hernia in the game, where the abdomen wall split open. I don't know all the details. But other than that, [my] testicles — literally, one side was like an orange and then the other side was normal. I was like, "Something's wrong here."'

Brady's backup Matt Cassell referred to him as 'purple balls' for some time afterwards.  






Tom Brady says he doesn't care about his legacy, but many football fans rank him ahead of the game's other greatest quarterbacks, such as (from left): Brett Favre, John Elway, Roger Staubach, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, and (to Brady's left) Dan Marino 


Brady acknowledged challenges with his relationship with Bundchen, whom he married in 2009. Prior to dating Bundchen, Brady had been in a relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan, who gave birth to his son, Jack, as they were growing apart in 2006. 

As Brady explained, the problems with Bundchen revolved around his focus on his career, which often came at the expense of hers.  

'She didn't feel I was doing my part for the family,' Brady said. 'She felt like I would play football all season and she would take care of the house and all the sudden when the season would end, I would be like, 'Great, let me get into all my other business activities. Let me get into my football training.'

'And she's sitting there going, 'Well, when are you going to do things for the house? When are you going to take the kids to school and do that?' And that was a big part of our marriage. I had to, like, check myself. Because she's like, 'I have goals and dreams too.''

Brady said she explained her frustrations in a letter and the two ended up in couples therapy over the issue. He even skipped off-season team activities with the Patriots one summer to focus on his family life. 






Brady said he began interacting with Trump following his first Super Bowl win at the end of the 2001 season. Trump even suggested Brady should judge a Miss America Pageant


While that portion of the interview was not overly awkward for the Bucs star, a self-described 'introvert,' he did become a bit flustered when speaking about President Donald Trump's repeated suggestions that Brady could have been in a relationship with his daughter Ivanka.  

'Trump always dreamed of you marrying Ivanka, and he told me he suggested it to you—but did you ever go out with her?' Stern asked.






Trump and Brady golf in Palm Beach in 2006


'That was a long time ago in my life... No, there was never that, where we ever dated or anything like that,' Brady said, before referencing his own daughter, Vivian. 

 'I have a daughter... would I ever arrange my daughter...' Brady said as Stern cut him off.  

'I know, it's weird,' said Stern, who has three daughters of his own with his ex-wife. 

Both Trump and Stern had personal relationships with Trump before he became president, and they each said he asked them to speak on his behalf at the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

Obviously both declined.   

'I wasn't going to do anything political," Brady said about the request as he distanced himself from Trump's policies. 

'The political support is totally different than the support of a friend,' Brady said. 'I didn't want to get into all the political — it is zero win anything.'

Brady said he began interacting with Trump following his first Super Bowl win at the end of the 2001 season. 

Trump even suggested Brady should judge a Miss America Pageant.

'He would call me after games,' Brady said. 'He became someone who would come to our games and cheer for the Patriots.'









Throughout the interview, Stern remarked on Brady's famously disciplined lifestyle, which isn't entirely different than his own. 

Both Brady and Stern have strict diets, with the latter famously avoiding even tomatoes, and they each likened their respective career path to the other's. 

Brady was not heavily recruited as a high school quarterback in San Mateo, California, and wasn't picked in the NFL Draft until the sixth round. 

Stern, meanwhile, bounced around various radio jobs for a decade before making a name for himself on WNBC in New York in the mid 1980s. 

When asked if he was as disciplined in his youth as he is now, Brady explained that it was his father's influence who helped him outgrow the mistakes he made as a teenager. 

In fact, Brady admitted that he did drink and smoke marijuana as a high schooler in the mid 1990s. 

'What kept me from smoking a lot of weed -- obviously in high school you try that and drink and go to parities -- but I always felt like I was letting my dad down,' Brady .

'I definitely had fun in high school with partying and drinking and smoking weed on occasion.'

Brady's father, Tom Sr., had considered becoming a priest before starting a family in California. And since his dad's family had its share of alcoholism, 'Tommy' as he's known, would feel as though he'd need to make a confession after drinking. 

'If I woke up the next morning with a hangover, I would always feel guilty about it,' Brady said Wednesday. 






Brady said even before the 2019 campaign began, he knew it would be his final season in New England. The 42-year-old signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs last month 


 

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