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The 45-year-old told “The Herd” host Colin Cowherd during Monday’s episode that he’s “really looking forward” to starting his new career with the broadcasting network as a lead NFL analyst.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion, who officially retired on Feb. 1 after a 23-year career, agreed to a landmark 10-year contract worth $375 million with Fox Sports in May 2022, making him the highest-paid broadcaster in the sports entertainment industry.
Brady is expected to appear on the network alongside Kevin Burkhard as the top game analyst.
When Brady was asked on “The Herd” if he was going to take some time off before starting his broadcasting career—which was speculated to start when he decided to quit playing for good—the former football star said that he doesn’t want to rush anything.
“Decompression is important,” Brady said. “You’re on this kinda really crazy treadmill/hamster wheel for a long time—loving the moment, loving the journey. At the same time, you know, it’s a daily fight.”
“I have an appreciation for so many people that are so committed every day, to showing up, to put their max effort into their life and their career,” he continued. “For me, I want to be great at what I do—talking, even last week, with the people at Fox Sports, and the leadership there, allowing me to start my Fox opportunity in the fall of 2024, something that’s great for me.”
“So, take some time to really learn, become great at what I want to do, become great at [sic] about thinking about the opportunity, and making sure I don’t rush into anything. … When people really bet on me, whether it was when I was drafted by the Patriots or signing in free agency with the Bucs, I wanted to be fully committed and I never wanted to let people down. I think my biggest motivator was that,” Brady said.
“So, you know, even in the future, I want to be great at what I do. That always takes some time and strategizing, learning and growing, and evolving, and I have so many people I can rely on that can support me in that growth too,” he went on to say. “So, It’s going to be a great opportunity for me to take some time and really become [great] at my Fox broadcasting job, which I’m really looking forward to, but also catching up on other parts of my life that need some time and energy.”
Retiring ‘For Good’
Brady’s official retirement came exactly one year after he announced his first retirement from the league after playing for 22 seasons. That retirement had been short-lived, with the quarterback unretiring just over a month later, in March 2022.
The quarterback has had one of the most successful careers of any football player. Brady holds the distinction as the quarterback with the most Super Bowl victories, winning the league championship game six times for the New England Patriots and a seventh time in his first season playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady is both the youngest and oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl game.
Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yells as he runs on the field prior to the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 16, 2023. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Brady also won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award five times. He played in three other Super Bowl games throughout his 23-season career.
Among a few of his other career highlights include the NFL’s record for most regular-season quarterback wins (251), and most career passing yards (89,214 yards), which is the equivalent of about 50.7 miles.
Brady led the Buccaneers to the playoffs in his final season, but the team ended the season with an 8–9 game record as many of the players were sidelined by injuries.
Brady’s second retirement came after he divorced his wife, Gisele Bündchen, in October.
“We arrived at this decision to end our marriage after much consideration,” Brady said at the time. “Doing so is, of course, painful and difficult, like it is for many people who go through the same thing every day around the world.”
Ryan Morgan contributed to this report.
By Lorenz Duchamps