Tom Brady’s sudden departure from the New England Patriots wasn’t so sudden to him. The NFL quarterback revealed that for your entire 2019-20 season that he knew his time with the pats was ‘coming to an finish.’

“I don’t suppose there was a ultimate, ultimate determination till it occurred,” Tom Brady, 42, advised Howard Stern throughout the Apr. eight episode of The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM Radio, per NESN. After 20 seasons and 6 Tremendous Bowl rings with the New England Patriots, Tom introduced in March that he was leaving the Pats for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It seems, Tom knew he was transport out of Boston lengthy earlier than he signed on the dotted line with the Bucs. “I’d say I in all probability knew earlier than the beginning of final season that it was my final 12 months [with the Patriots.] I knew that it was simply, our time, you realize — our time was coming to an finish.”

Tom signed a pseudo-contract extension with the Patriots in August 2019, which included voidable years in 2020 and 2021 (and prevented the Pats from inserting the franchise or transition tag on him.) He’d grow to be a free agent in the event that they couldn’t work out a deal, nevertheless it seems like Tom already had one foot out the door. “Earlier than final [season], I had a contract that was restructured,” Tom advised Howard. “Principally, from my standpoint, I knew that on the finish of the 12 months, I used to be going to grow to be a free agent for the primary time in my profession. I had spoken with the proprietor with the crew, Mr. [Robert] Kraft; he was good with it. I had spoken about it with Coach [Invoice] Belichick; he was good with it. And that’s what we determined to do. Over the course of the season and the offseason, there wasn’t a ton of considerable conversations we needed to proceed. We had some, and we each thought of it, after which, in the long run, it was simply an effective way to finish 20 years.”

“We had an important dialog, and I’ve mentioned this earlier than: There’s no greater fan of the New England Patriots than me. However on the similar time, that doesn’t imply that I might proceed to play there on the highest degree. And I really feel like I wish to show to myself that I can nonetheless carry out on the highest degree,” Tom mentioned throughout his discuss with Howard, per NESN’s transcript. The person thought-about the “Best Of All Time” advised the “King of All Media” that the night time earlier than saying he was leaving, he known as up Robert Kraft and Invoice Belichick.

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“I simply went over, and I mentioned, ‘look, I simply wish to say how a lot I really like you and recognize what we’ve executed collectively,’” he mentioned, including that he cried throughout this assembly.” ‘I do know we’re not going to proceed collectively, however thanks, and thanks for offering what you’ve for my household and for my profession.’ I used to be in a position to name Coach Belichick on the similar time, and it was nice.”

In the course of the discuss with Howard, Tom dismissed the discuss how he ought to deal with his “legacy” and end his profession by taking part in for just one crew. “I’d say I by no means cared about legacy. I might give a sh-t about (that). I by no means mentioned in highschool, ‘Man, I can’t look ahead to what my soccer legacy appears to be like like.’ That’s simply not me. That’s not my persona. So why would I select a distinct place? It’s simply time.”

He additionally admitted to having head accidents (“I’ve undoubtedly had concussions, yeah”) however that he’s not going to decelerate as he winds up his exceptional profession. “I might sit right here and (say) cease taking part in soccer so I might fear about what’s going to occur or fear about this or that as an alternative of claiming why don’t I dwell my life the way in which that I wish to and luxuriate in it? For me, it’s doing what I like to do. You don’t inform a musician to cease singing at age 42. You don’t inform an important painter, cease portray at 42. If you wish to cease, cease, go forward. However for me, as a result of I really feel like I can nonetheless play doesn’t imply I ought to simply cease taking part in as a result of that’s what everybody tells me I ought to do.”