Tom Brady had quite the eventful Monday.
The shenanigans continued during Brady’s appearance on the Late Show, as he and Colbert discussed the Super Bowl loss, his performance guide, and even dabbled in some pliability treatment.
Here’s what you missed from the episode:
He ate a strawberry.
After 40 years, Brady finally tried his first strawberry.
The five-time Super Bowl champ said he had gone his entire life without trying the fruit because he hates its smell.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) March 13, 2018
He commented on the anthem protests.
Colbert asked Brady if the anthem protests throughout the NFL season — a controversial topic of discussion — resonated with him. He said there “wasn’t too much of that” with the Patriots, but he understood where players were coming from.
“I thought it brought up a lot of healthy discussion in the locker room,” he said. “I think the great thing about sports is that it brings a lot of guys together — a lot of guys from all over the country, from all different cultures and backgrounds. I have such a healthy respect for the guys that I play with. It’s great to hear their stories.”
He said tears got him through the Super Bowl defeat.
Asked what he did to cope with the disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Brady’s response was quite simple.
“Cry,” he told Colbert. “Cry, mostly.”
Brady said he woke up the next morning thinking, “Was that a nightmare? No, please, we can play this game again.”
He gave Colbert some TB12 treatment.
Though Brady is used to being the one getting worked on, roles reversed Monday.
The three-time MVP offered Colbert a sample of pliability treatment on his forearm. While Brady went through similar motions of his body engineer Alex Guerrero, kneading and massaging Colbert’s arm, the talk show host grimaced and groaned.
“I think that’s about as long and pliable as I can get,” Colbert said.
Brady explained the benefits of his actions: “When I was a young quarterback, I couldn’t throw the ball because my elbow was so sore. The problem was the muscles in my forearm and the muscles above my forearm, in my biceps and triceps, were so tight that I was putting so much pressure on the tendons in my elbow. So if you lengthen, then there’s no pressure on the elbow.”
He said he would let his children play football.
Despite the growing research surrounding the dangers of playing football, Brady said he believes the good outweighs the bad. The father of three told Colbert he would “absolutely” let his children play football.
“There’s a lot of discipline when it comes to playing contact sports, a lot of focus,” he said. “You got to be so prepared when you’re out there. Every time you take the field, you respect your opponents, you know that there’s a lot on the line. Sports do a great job of keeping you focused in that way.”