Tom Brady made major news when he elected to leave the team he had previously spent the entirety of his 20-year NFL career with, and now he’s explaining exactly why he made that decision.
It was viewed as a suspect move by many, such as Joe Montana, who elected to leave the 49ers for the Chiefs at the end of his career, which ended up being an epic fail. Brady did, after all, win six Super Bowl rings with the Patriots, and many players dream of garnering only one, even.
But that’s all in the past. Now, it’s all about the future, and for Brady, he’s looking ahead to Bucs football, as he explained to Peter King of NBC Sports.
“I thought long and hard about making the decision,” Brady told King, as transcribed by Pro Football Talk. “I put a lot of really careful thought into everything that I really valued. I probably listed 20 different things that were important. I had a weighted scale about what was not so important.
“When I added it up, Tampa seemed like it was a great opportunity. If I think back at the decision, I am so happy with the decision I made.”
“I made a decision to do something different,” Brady told King. “It was a very thoughtful decision. It wasn’t a spur of the moment thing. It was some people that I really talked with and confided in. And it’s really worth it to me. I’m really excited about this opportunity for me as a player, to go to an organization that I feel like is committed to winning.”
The Bucs may be committed to winning, but one Super Bowl win in franchise history isn’t much to write home about. We’ll see how it all plays out, and if it’s a decision Brady lives to regret when it’s all said and done. He gave up a pretty great situation in New England, seemingly for a change of scenery.