In 20 seasons, Tom Brady knew only one way – “Patriot Way” – but it only took an extra season to realize that it was not the only way to achieve success.
“When you’re in one place for 20 years, you think that’s the only way,” Brady told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview aired Wednesday. “And I think when you go somewhere else, you realize, ‘Wow, there’s another way people do things.'”
He later added: “I was the new guy for the first time, you know. And it was a completely different experience.”
These new experiences resulted in a well-known result when Brady won another Super Bowl championship ̵
“I think it’s a big part about football,” Brady told the GMA. “It’s not really about what you did last year. It’s a little bit what you want to do this year. So for me that was what I had to do for Bucs last year. I still feel that way.”
“That’s a big part of what I understood last year: things are going to be different. I’m trying to work within what’s happening right now, but still trying to do the best I could. All of that was really, really amazing. – of course with the way the season ended – so it was a good year. “
It was also the first season that he had played for a coach other than New England’s Bill Belichick.
“[Bruce Arians] is a great motivator, “Brady said of the Bucs’ coach. He has a good feel for the team … a good pulse for what goes on in a locker room, good intuition, great evaluation of talent. “
And at age 43, Brady stood on motivation to keep his competitive fire on track to win his fifth Super Bowl MVP award.
“I was always a little bit motivated by people saying, ‘You can’t do this,'” Brady said. “You know, ‘You’re not good enough, you’re not fast enough, not big enough, not good enough arm.’ I’ve had a job for a while and … you quickly forget. “
That work is not finished. Brady is tied to the Bucs through the 2022 season after accepting an extension of this offseason that saved $ 19 million against the salary cap for 2021. And with that money, the Bucs kept the band together, with all 22 starters on the offensive and the defense returning to the team to to defend his title.
“I do not think that is the motivation for me to prove it,” Brady told the GMA. “I still want to play. I became like a little disease in me that just wants to throw a frickin ‘spiral, you know what I mean?
“When you stop, you can’t go back and do it. I have a little more football [left in me]. I mean, not much – and I know it. But what I have left, I must give everything I have. “