At this point, it’s undeniable, the Tampa Bay iteration of Tom Brady is a lot more fun and accessible than the one playing under Emperor Hoodie´s reign in Foxborough, MA. The greatest living American has had plenty to say coming off his first Super Bowl win as QB of the Bucs. However, in a recent appearance on HBO’s, The Shop: Uninterrupted, Brady made perhaps his most eyebrow-raising comments. Further proof that Tom Brady engages in mind games, he had this to say:
“What I say versus what I think are two totally different things. I would say 90 percent of what I say is probably not what I’m thinking. Which is challenging, you know? And I really admire people that actually can do that and say what they think, because they invite a lot of things into their life. And I think part of me that doesn’t like conflict, so in the end, I always try to play it super flat.”profootballtalk.nbcsports.com
Explaining further, Brady added:
“From a strategic standpoint, I never want to give away, like, what we’re doing. Like, I usually say the opposite. You know, they got a shitty corner [and] I’ll be like, ‘That guy’s unbelievable. I don’t even know how they complete balls over there.’ In my mind, I’m like, ‘I’m going at that motherf–ker all day.’”profootballtalk.nbcsports.com
This is next-level, high-octane stuff from the GOAT. Tom Brady engages in this form of newspeak because he needs to keep that mental edge. Aided further by a sports media that aims to over-analyze everything he says, Brady continues to be ahead of everyone in the NFL from a cerebral standpoint. One could argue that the occasional rubdown from his BFF, Alex, has allowed Brady to stay ahead physically as well.
This Is Why He’s Better
It’s stuff like this that helps me recognize Brady’s greatness. The guy wasn’t born to be a legend, he decided to make himself into one. To compensate for his lack of athleticism and physical ability, he enhanced his pliability. He knows that subsisting on the occasional bowl of avocado ice cream will prolong his longevity. Now, it appears, Brady has figured out he can control media narratives via calculated dishonesty. He’s a lion amongst men on the field and a god amongst mortals off it. Believe me, when he tells you he’s almost done, he really means he’ll be playing till 65. It’s all about maintaining that mental edge. Ring number eight is on its way.