There was plenty to look forward to with Tom Brady’s interview with Howard Stern on Sirius Radio this morning. It’s his first real public appearance since leaving the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he certainly let loose more than we’ve heard from him previously.
Here’s the highlights from Twitter as we’re putting them all in one post here.
New Bucs QB Tom Brady on @HowardStern show today, talking about moving to Tampa and enjoying the weather: "I can see why a lot of people live here."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 8, 2020
As Brady’s new neighbor (he’s a few streets over from me, but it’s faster by kayak), we know we’ve got it good here in South Tampa. But don’t tell everybody, real estate is already ridiculous.
Tom Brady on @howardstern, on renting Derek Jeter's place on Davis Islands, relative lack of privacy from fans: "Here, they can pull right up. Derek did a pretty good job of screening it … When I come home, I want to feel like I can let my guard down."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 8, 2020
Don’t worry Tom: Your Davis Islands neighbors will leave you alone. Get the sausage rigatoni at Oggi and the Café con Leche at DI Coffee Bar. Thank me later over dinner at Bern’s.
Brady dropped a third time on Stern. Jeter's place is furnished, but maybe not with a good router …— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 8, 2020
Howard Stern is blaming Derek Jeter for Tom Brady's WiFi issues since Jeter is now his landlord. When Stern asked what happens if the washing machine breaks, Brady said, "I call him and b---- to him and he gets it fixed.”— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) April 8, 2020
I guess Derek got South Tampa Spectrum internet too. Can confirm IT’S THE WORST.
Derek Jeter’s poor management & organizational skills really span an impressive range https://t.co/1GUbGK6IiT— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) April 8, 2020
Tom Brady just revealed to Howard Stern that he occasionally smoked marijuana in high school. This major development will provide talk shows with content until October.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 8, 2020
Tom Brady said what kept him from using drugs and alcohol in high school was the fear of disappointing his dad. He tried them, but said, "I always thought I would be letting my dad down." He said his dad had considered becoming a priest at one point.— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) April 8, 2020
We’ve come a long way on marijuana usage, so this might be a story or two for a day or two. Medical marijuana is legal in Florida, but you will need a card issued by the state if you want to light it up and take a puff while fishing off your back dock.
Tom also just swore in consecutive sentences. I'm not sure if he'll ever be looked at the same way again.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 8, 2020
The #FloridaMan is hitting him already.
Tom Brady on Bill Belichick, in the Howard Stern interview: "To have him allowed me to be the best I could be. So I'm grateful for that. And I very much believe that he feels the same about me."— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 8, 2020
Tom Brady: "I never saw race. I think sports transcends race. It transcends wealth. It transcends all that. You get to know and appreciate what someone else may bring. When you're in a locker room with 50 guys, you don't think about race because you're all the same at that point"— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) April 8, 2020
We’ll have to ask Brady’s minority teammates if they feel the same way...
Brady, on why he's with the Bucs: "It was just time."— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 8, 2020
Brady on Stern, on decision to leave Patriots: "I never cared about legacy. I could give a shit about … that's not me, that's not my personality. Why would I choose a different place? It was time. I had accomplished everything I could with an incredible organization."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 8, 2020
Tom Brady when asked if he resents Bill Belichick for not making him a Patriot for life: "No absolutely not." He added, "To have him allowed me to be the best I can be. So I'm grateful for that. And I very much believe he feels the same about me..."— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) April 8, 2020
Tom Brady’s interview on his relationship w/ Bill on Howard Stern this morning— Ryan Spagnoli (@Ryan_Spags) April 8, 2020
“He has a lot of loyalty & we’ve had a lot of conversations that nobody has ever been privy to & nor should they be. So many wrong assumptions were made about our relationship & how he felt about me.”
More cursing! But it seems Brady left the Pats on good terms and without much bitterness if any at all.
Brady tells Stern that he probably knew before last season that it was his last season with Patriots, that "our time was coming to an end."— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 8, 2020
Brady tells Stern that "there's no bigger fan of the New England Patriot organization than me," but that didn't mean he needed to play his entire career there.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 8, 2020
Brady says he would play in empty stadiums this year, if that's what things come to in this coronavirus world.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 8, 2020
Tom Brady on Howard Stern talking about his motivation (partly) comes from a team/individual believing in him:— CHRIS TORELLO (@TorelloSports) April 8, 2020
“If you bet on me I’ll give you everything I have.” #Bucs bet on him all offseason. pic.twitter.com/7lq0EsD8Db
All of the above is interesting, but now we get to the good stuff...
Tom now telling a story about how he met Howard at a polo event with Jay Z in the Hamptons. Rihanna was there as well. It's what we've waited an hour for.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 8, 2020
“Yea, I’ve definitely had concussions at different times.”— CHRIS TORELLO (@TorelloSports) April 8, 2020
-Tom Brady on Stern.
That goes back to Gisele talking about him playing longer than she would like.
Tom, upon meeting Gisele (first meeting, he said, was a wine bar on the West side of NYC), wondered if he was ready to have a new relationship. "I don't know if it was love at first sight," Tom says to Howard Stern.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 8, 2020
Stern asks Brady about Donald Trump: "He wanted me to speak at that convention, too. I wasn't going to do anything political." Said they met in 2001, Trump has called him after games, asked if they could golf together.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 8, 2020
Brady said relationship with Trump was complicated when he ran for president: "Political support is totally different from the support of a friend." Didn't like the polarizing nature of political atmosphere.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) April 8, 2020
Howard Stern tells Tom Brady that Donald Trump wanted Tom Brady to marry Ivanka Trump.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 8, 2020
*Brady laughs very uncomfortably*
"That was a long time ago. That was a long time ago in my life. ... There was never that where we ever dated or anything like that."
We knew Trump and Brady knew each other. The details are... interesting.
And then some other nuggets Stern was able to get out of one of the most guarded sports superstars we’ve ever had.
Tom Brady is now wondering on @HowardStern why there are still open showers in locker room. "Like why are we doing this?” Brady has thoughts on all things, including this topic. Stern is really the best.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 8, 2020
"We were down 28-3 and look at this situation and say 'fuck it.' Or we can look at it and say 'if we come back, it will be the greatest moment of my life.'" - Tom Brady via Stern pic.twitter.com/QOYEanQpkH— Obnoxious Boston Fan (@realOBF) April 8, 2020
"If you put him out there, I'm not going to throw him the ball..." - Tom Brady when asked by Howard Stern if there were times he went to Belichick and said 'get this guy off the field'.— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) April 8, 2020
All in all, it was two hours and 20 minutes of pretty great radio. We’ll see if Brady continues to be this unguarded in the newest phase of his career in Tampa Bay.