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Ex-NFL star took issue with this Tom Brady quote from Howard Stern interview

Ex-NFL star took issue with this Tom Brady quote from Howard Stern interview

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did a lengthy interview with SiriusXM's Howard Stern on Wednesday and hit on many different subjects, and it sounds like one former NFL star took issue with something the six-time Super Bowl champion said.

"When I fell in love with football in high school, I knew I was going to play college football, nothing was going to keep me from that," Brady told Stern. "When I got drafted by the Patriots, I knew I was going to be the starting quarterback at some point. I didn't think that I would ever have the type of professional success that I did, but I never really doubted myself. ... I never had a backup plan. I think that was pretty naive of me, to never have those plans. But I always just envisioned what would happen, and in a lot of ways it ended up happening."

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Brian Westbrook, who played nine pro seasons and lost to Brady in Super Bowl XXXIX as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, wasn't a fan of the 42-year-old quarterback's message. He explained himself on Wednesday's episode of FOX Sports 1 morning show "First Things First." Check out Westbrook's reasoning in the video below:

Most of us can agree this is definitely not the worst message you can tell a kid. 

One could argue the lesson of Brady's quote above wasn't to never have a backup plan, but to have an immense amount of confidence in yourself and relentlessly pursue your goals and dreams at any cost. It's more of a believe-in-yourself mentality and to make sure you put in the hard work necessary to be successful. 

It doesn't seem Westbrook interpreted it like that, however.

Brady had a lot more to say during his two-plus hours talking with Stern, and NBC Sports Boston has you covered from every angle on our Patriots page.

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady engaged in plenty of trash-talking with his opponents Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods during "The Match" on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones going back-and-forth with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

NBA legend Charles Barkley was a commentator for the charity golf match and didn't hold back from letting Brady hear all about his lackluster performance through the first few holes. On the seventh hole, however, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback birdied a par-5 with what was unquestionably the best shot of the day to silence Barkley. 

The real mic drop from Brady came after the match, though, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB jabbed Barkley for his inability to win a championship during his NBA career.


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Boom, roasted.

Of course, the trash-talking was all just good fun. And it provided phenomenal entertainment while those involved in "The Match" helped raise more than $20 million to go toward COVID-19 relief efforts.

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

'Man In the Arena' producer sheds light on what to expect from Tom Brady documentary

Last week it was revealed Tom Brady will have his own Last Dance type documentary titled Man In the Arena.

ESPN will air the nine-episode series, with each episode covering one of the ex-New England Patriots quarterback's nine Super Bowl runs. Gotham Chopra, a name Pats fans may recognize as the director of Tom vs. Time, is a producer for the docuseries which is set to premiere in 2021.

Chopra recently caught up with Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated's MMQB to chat about the upcoming documentary and what fans should expect.

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“It’s not Tom Brady’s Last Dance,” Chopra told Breer. “It’s not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don’t know. There’s this sort of immediacy to this.… The premise [of The Last Dance] was telling stories about the seasons, whereas [Brady’s], it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, ‘O.K., let’s talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it’s still sort of affecting him.’”

“Jordan’s sitting on a couch, looking back, literally looking at stuff on the iPad, reminiscing about things. Tom’s kind of, just when you’re talking to him, it’s still very fresh, because he’s still processing a lot of things that may have happened across a season.”

As for who else will make appearances in the series, that remains to be seen. Chopra notes the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the interview process, but important figures in Brady's career such as Bill Belichick and Drew Bledsoe have already been reached out to.

“This is inside the mind of Tom,” Chopra said. “So we’ll ask Tom, I’ll use the most obvious one, 2001, What was it like working with Drew [Bledsoe] that season? Got it, now we go talk to Drew, and get his perspective on that. So yeah, there are other voices, other players, coaches, etc., and people off the field that had a lot of influence across those specific seasons that we’re trying to get. Now, we’ve got the added layer of complexity of getting to those people, like everyone else in the world, we’re dealing with that.”

Along with the Super Bowl appearances, Chopra says Man In the Arena will cover both the "Spygate" and "Deflate-gate" controversies. As for whether Brady's 2020 campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be included in the series, Chopra says there are no plans for that as of now.