Tom Brady took everyone by surprise when he revealed this regret about his career

Jul 8, 2024

Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady had a career most players can only dream about.

But there are some things the future Hall of Famer wishes he did differently. 

And Tom Brady took everyone by surprise when he revealed this regret about his career. 

Tom Brady talks about a big regret from his playing days

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will go down as the greatest to ever play the position.

He won seven Super Bowls, three NFL MVP awards, a record five Super Bowl MVPs, and a record 15-time Pro Bowl selection.

Brady still has some regrets about his playing career despite the wins and a slew of individual honors. 

He appeared on The Pivot Podcast hosted by former NFL players Ryan Clark, Fred Taylor, and Channing Crowder.

The former quarterback was known as a steely-eyed competitor who was willing to mix up with his teammates and coaches on the sidelines.

Brady said that he wished he wasn’t so intense on the playing field.

“What I would have changed was, ‘OK, there’s part of me that still loves . . .’ You see these young players. I see, like, Patrick [Mahomes] out there at quarterback, laughing, having fun,” Brady said. “I’m like, ‘I used to be like that!’ What the hell happened to me? I just got too serious.”

Brady’s former teammate with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, former running back Le’Veon Bell, pointed out on social media that intensity got him seven Super Bowl rings. 

Tom Brady talks about balancing life and football 

Brady famously smashed a tablet on the sidelines in a moment of frustration while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

He said that all he could do at this point was learn from the experience moving forward.

“But again, I can only look back and think, ‘OK, if I do it again – which I’ll never do it again – I would be different, but the reality is that you can’t,” Brady explained. “So you just learn from it and go, ‘OK, in the next phase of life, enjoy it a little more.'”

The biggest disappointment of Brady’s career was a loss to the New York Giants 17-14 in Super Bowl XLII, which kept the New England Patriots from becoming the second NFL team to complete an undefeated season.

“We were crushed,” Brady said on Apple TV+’s The Dynasty. “I was crushed. That was our history-making game. That would have been everything. […] We were as devastated as you could be. There was no sleep. There was no sleep for a long time.”

Brady also mentioned on the podcast that he had off-the-field pressures early in his career.  

“So much [of], I think, the early part of my career was trying to fulfill people’s new expectations of me and me still being the 14-year-old boy that wanted to fit in. I was like, ‘I just want to go to the field and play,’” Brady said. “Now, there was all these other things to choose from. Next thing you know, you’re overwhelmed because you didn’t sleep, you didn’t eat right, you were partying. I’m like, ‘I don’t really like the way I’m feeling.’”

Now Tom Brady can try to have some more fun in his new career as a broadcaster with Fox Sports.

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