Tom Brady Reveals His Biggest Concern About Broadcasting NFL Games

‘Quarterback’ Tom Brady will have to battle another version of Tom Brady when he’s in the booth.
Sep 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots former quarterback Tom Brady runs on the field during a halftime ceremony in his honor during the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots former quarterback Tom Brady runs on the field during a halftime ceremony in his honor during the game between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports / Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

1. Tom Brady joined me this week for a brief interview on the latest SI Media With Jimmy Traina podcast.

The conversation focused on the seven-time Super Bowl winner’s transition into the Fox broadcast booth this upcoming season.

I asked Brady what he thinks his biggest challenge will be when he joins Kevin Burkhardt on Fox’s A-team in September.

“The important part for me would be how do I continue to make it fun for people to enjoy the viewing experience,” said Brady.

“Sometimes I get a little too serious because I see myself as ‘quarterback Tom Brady’ as opposed to ‘let’s enjoy a great game of football Tom Brady.’ Sometimes I become a little too critical. So I’m trying to make sure I have the right tone. I’m very specific of how I think the game should be played. I want to see the game evolve and grow.”

I told Brady it was fascinating to hear him say being too critical could be a problem for him in the booth because outside of Troy Aikman, analysts across the NFL are far from critical.

“I think there’s a high expectation of how I expect the game to be played because I was there and I saw Coach [Bill] Belichick and I saw Hall of Famers and I played with them and played against them and I played in big games. There’s just a certain expectation level that I see for really great performers,” said Brady.

During the podcast, Brady also explained why he wanted to get into broadcasting, why he took a year off before joining Fox and revealed the game show he’d want to be on as a contestant after playing a game show host in a new Hertz commercial.

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2. One more thing about Brady: The Patriots held a big celebration Wednesday night as the quarterback's jersey was retired and he was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. The event was streamed on the Patriots’ website.

I don’t understand what the point is of the NFL having its own network if the NFL Network isn’t going to air something like the Brady celebration. Jay Z performed. Peyton Manning, Belichick and many others spoke. Brady gave a speech.

How does this not air on the NFL Network?

3. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst went viral overnight for calling out Luka Doncic’s performance in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday during an appearance on SportsCenter With Scott Van Pelt. While Windhorst is getting all the attention, my favorite part was SVP’s reaction to Windhorst lighting into Luka.

4. Netflix has released the trailer for its upcoming series, Receiver, which debuts on July 10 and will feature Justin Jefferson, Davante Adams, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Deebo Samuel and George Kittle.

5. Dan Le Batard landed the first interview with Dan Hurley after he turned down the Lakers job to remain at UConn and Hurley addressed the speculation that he used L.A. for leverage by calling it “one of the worst takes he’s ever heard.”

6. Longtime Eagles radio voice, Merrill Reese, has been announced as the 2024 winner of the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award.

The Hall of Fame describes the award as follows: “Each year, the Hall of Fame recognizes an individual who has dedicated their career to improving radio and television in professional football.”

Somehow, Brent Musburger has never won this award.

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Jimmy Traina

JIMMY TRAINA

Jimmy Traina is a staff writer and podcast host for Sports Illustrated. A 20-year veteran in the industry, he’s been covering the sports media landscape for seven years and writes a daily column, Traina Thoughts. Traina has hosted the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast since 2018, a show known for interviews with some of the most important and powerful people in sports media. He also was the creator and writer of SI’s Hot Clicks feature from 2007 to '13.