Patriots quarterback Tom Brady joined WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan to promote this weekend’s 13th annual Best Buddies Challenge and Tom Brady Challenge football game at Harvard Stadium.
“It’s not like Tom Hanks in Castaway,” Brady said. “It’s not like I’m playing a dramatic role or something. It’s pretty much being me, so it was fun. It’s interesting when you work with some people for a few years and they go, “Guys, what if we try this?”, so when I saw what they were asking me to do I thought it could be pretty good and there were some funny parts of that day that maybe they caught on some b-roll stuff, but I was laughing pretty much the whole day until they told me to get pissed. ‘No, it’s much more funny when you get really pissed.’
If the Funny or Die short gets Brady another invite to host SNL, he said he’d do it.
“I would, I would, that would be fun to do again if I had the opportunity,” Brady said. “That was a great experience. Like a lot of things, you go through them and you don’t appreciate them until they’re over. And that was one of those experiences where I loved doing it and but then really realized how much I loved doing it after it was over and God man I wish I just took in every single moment of that because it is so unique and you never know if you’re going to get those experiences again so it’s nice to really go through them and enjoy them as much as you can, and I’ve done that with Saturday Night Live. I did it with the Under Armour video, and that’s part of the growth that I think I’ve experienced over the last few years.”
Brady also spoke about his highly-publicized faux-mohawk hairdo worn at a recent gala in New York City.
“I got a lot of grief over that,” Brady said. “I guess part of me, I don’t take it as seriously, it’s just something that, I’ll tell you the truth, I was actually shampooing my hair in the shower one day and I was like, ‘Wow, I might do that, that might be cool,’ because you put shampoo in and you kind of put your hands through it and say, ‘OK, cool, let me see if we can make something of this… it’s a fashion type of event, so if you’re going to do something, if you’re gonna pull off a different tux or a different outfit, then go for it. That was the night to do it. You’re not going to go to some other event doing something like that. You just figure you have fun with it. It’s one night. The great part of it is hopefully I’m not trying to please too many people. As long as my wife liked it, my mom liked it, I’m cool and they liked it.”
More of Brady’s thoughts:
On the passing of former teammate Junior Seau:
“Junior was a great man. He lived with emotion. If you were a teammate you saw his emotion every day and his love for life and his love for the game and his love for his teammates, which is probably why it surprised so many people. Obviously he was going through some things that were tough on him. I wish he could find ways to get help. Unfortunately, these things happen.”
On Wes Welker’s possibility of getting a multi-year deal from the Patriots:
Brady: “Well, I wish there was an easy answer. I always support Wes but none of those decisions are up to me. These things end up working themselves out at some point. I don’t know how or when or who or why but sometimes I get emotionally involved in those situations and it doesn’t work out well for me so I just try to support him as a friend. We’re all in this business, and it’s a tough business and you always hope for the best. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I certainly love Wes, I’d love to have him here for as long as I’m playing, so none of those things are really up to me.”
On moving past the Super Bowl loss to the Giants:
Brady: “I think that’s the fun part about starting the OTA process is you really start looking forward at that point, so for all of us you suffer a tough end to the season, and unless you win it all it’s a tough end to the season, but you’ve got those months in there where what you do is you think about the past and you think about what you can do better in your training, and once we start practicing it’s a different team. We’ve got a different group of guys, different mix of talents and we’ve got to see what we can put on the field. It’s been fun being back to work and seeing everybody together and getting on the field and running football plays because it really forces you to move forward. And I think everyone’s done that at this point.”
Thoughts on the intentional grounding play and missed pass to Wes Welker in the Super Bowl:
Brady: “Anytime you don’t do exactly what you hope to do you regret them and you lay in bed at night thinking about every play you could have done a little bit better on so I can pick a lot of plays in that game that I wish I could have done a better job with.”
On getting accustomed to a new group of wide receivers:
Brady: “I’m very familiar with Jabar [Gaffney] and Donte [Stallworth] and Brandon [Llyod’s] going into a 10th year so he’s really a professional as well. He knows how to prepare himself, he’s been in our offense so he has at least familiarity with the things that we’re doing so it’s fun to work with him. We haven’t been out there long. We’ve got a ton of practices to go. Hopefully we make progress every day. Hopefully when we’re on the field we’re communicating and talking through stuff in the film room, talking through stuff on the game field of things that I see, things that I expect, things that he sees, that he expects, so ultimately this game’s about anticipation. If you’re not on the same page as your receiver, running backs, or offensive linemen you can never anticipate, then you just react, and if you react, you’re always slow so I don’t need to be any more slow than I already am, so I figure out ways to anticipate better, that’s part of the process in the offseason, things that you see that you need to make improvements on. If you don’t, you fall behind. Everyone else is gaining ground; you’ve got to find ways to gain ground as well.”