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Tom Brady tells all: Five random nuggets from candid Howard Stern interview

Tom Brady tells all: Five random nuggets from candid Howard Stern interview

Tom Brady was ready to "let loose," after all.

In his first public interview since his introductory press conference with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the former New England Patriots quarterback spoke with SiriusXM's Howard Stern for two and a half hours Wednesday in a candid, wide-ranging interview.

You've probably heard some of the highlights: Brady knew as early as last season he was finished with the Patriots. He gets along fine with Bill Belichick. He skipped Patriots OTAs due to marriage issues with his wife, Gisele. His mentality during Super Bowl LI was the stuff of legends.

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You also don't have two and a half hours to sift through everything else Brady said. But guess what? With no other sports going on ... we do!

Here are five more takeaways from Brady's interview with Stern that Patriots fans may find interesting -- or in some cases, downright bizarre.

1. When he wasn't happy with his pass-catchers, he let Belichick know.

"I would say, ‘I don’t have any trust that this guy can help us win the game.' I’ve definitely expressed my opinion to say, 'If you put him out there, I’m not going to throw him the ball.' 

"The whole team is trusting me to do what’s right by the team, so you can’t put someone out there who I don’t believe in. Because if I don’t believe in him, it’s worthless for the team."

Brady insisted Belichick shared that belief with him. But we'd imagine the QB and head coach had this conversation several times -- especially in 2019, when Brady was throwing to the likes of N'Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers and Matt LaCosse.

2. He loved being a free agent this offseason and even made a list to aid his decision-making process.

"That was a fun experience for me to experience that, and I enjoyed that aspect of seeing what other teams could offer. 

" … I wrote down about 20 different things that were important to me and kind of prioritize what was important. I kind of scaled it, and looked at all the opportunities that were out there."

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3. He drank and smoked weed in high school -- until guilt set in.

“What kept me from smoking a lot of weed -- obviously in high school you try that and drink and go to parties -- but I always felt like I was letting my dad down.

" ... I definitely had fun in high school with partying and drinking and smoking weed on occasion, but as it got later in my high school life, those became less and less."

We'd imagine drinking and smoking aren't part of the TB12 diet, not that Brady needs to worry anymore about disappointing his father.

4. He's good friends with President Donald Trump, but wouldn't accept Trump's invite to speak at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

"He would call me after games (and say), 'I watched your games, Tom. Let’s play golf together.' In 2003, 2004, that’s kind of the way it was. He became someone who would come up to our games and stand on the sideline and would cheer for the Patriots. He always had a way of connecting with people and still does.

"Then the whole political aspect came, and I think I got brought into a lot of those things because it was so polarizing around the election time. It was uncomfortable for me because you can’t undo things, not that I would undo a friendship, but political support is a lot different than the support of a friend."

5. He suffered a gross injury in 2006 that led backup QB Matt Cassel to give him a grosser nickname.

"It ended up being a hernia in the game, where the abdomen wall split open. I don’t know all the details. But other than that, (my) testicles -- literally, one side was like an orange and then the other side was normal. I was like, ‘Something’s wrong here.'

" ... Cassel drew pictures of me with this one huge testicle on one side, and then he would leave them in my locker every day. 'Purple Balls,' he’d call me, because I got all bruised up."

Did we mention this was a tell-all interview?

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.