New England Patriots

By Ty Anderson,

Just days before the 2018 season kickoffs against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dropped an epilogue to his polarizing ‘Tom vs. Time’ series on Facebook Watch.

The episode touched on the normal topics the 41-year-old went over during the series, from Brady’s age to his desire to play well into his mid-40s. And it was in this episode that Brady once again hammered a simple point home: If he continues to try and play at an elite level for the foreseeable future, it’s going to be because he’s also enjoying what he’s doing for a living. Which is something that’s waned a bit in recent years (of continued excellence), as confirmed by the Patriot quarterback.

“The last couple years, a lot of parts about football weren’t enjoyable when they should’ve been,” the 41-year-old Brady admitted in an interview documented for the epilogue. “Some of it was my approach.”

Brady also touched on the rumors and reports of off-field drama between he and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. A saga that’s included Alex Guerrero, Rob Gronkowski, Robert Kraft, Danny Amendola, Jimmy Garoppolo, and literally anybody else an unnamed report and source can think of including in their stories of the Patriot Dynasty crumbling to nothing.

“And I think anytime you’re with people for a long time, relationships ebb and flow,” Brady, entering his 19th season with the Patriots and Belichick, acknowledged. “And I think people are looking for something to write about. They want to talk about a lot of drama and I’m sure teams have a lot of things like that. Ours is just to the tenth degree.”

Speaking to the overblown nature of it all, Brady gave his most honest answer yet in regards to how he views such angles.

“I’m learning to deal with it better,” Brady began, “I just don’t give a [expletive] anymore about anything. I think a lot of keeping things into perspective. Like, nothing is that big a deal for me anymore. Maybe I’m just caring about certain things that really matter, like my family. Like people’s health. Like life or death.

“But to worry about a lot of bulls–t that people may say or think or feel, like, I really don’t care anymore.”

Perhaps this is the best explanation for Brady ending any and every interview that gets a little too dramatic for his liking, and why Brady has decided to finally do things his way versus the preferred way of every talking head with a hot mic.

Coming off an MVP season that nearly ended with the sixth Super Bowl championship of Brady’s career, Brady will surely care about this Week 1 showdown with the Texans, and is scheduled to meet with the media on Friday afternoon.

One of just a few people never given a chance to be Krejci’s winger, Ty Anderson is now a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Ty? Yell at him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.