For those of you worried that Tom Brady wouldn’t land on his feet when he was done playing football, we have good news. Brady, an occasional guest at the NFL’s annual Super Bowl, will become the lead NFL analyst for Fox Sports when he decides to retire for longer than a month.
He may play one year, two years, or another ten years, but the contract is already set for when he hangs up his helmet and puts in an earpiece. Brady has signed with Fox Sports for ten years and $375 million.
That is more than double what CBS is paying Tony Romo, and it incredibly is for more money than Brady has made in his 20 years as the best quarterback on the planet. Brady’s career earnings as a player are $302.9 million, and the largest single contract he’s ever signed was for four years and $72 million. Fox is paying him nearly $20 million more per year than he earned on that contract.
So financially speaking, Brady will do pretty well for himself in his golden years. But as a broadcaster, will he actually be good?
Known For His Bland Interviews
As a Patriot, Brady was known for his bland interviews and closed-mouthed approach to sharing what he thought. Away from Bill Belichick, he has opened up a bit, and perhaps with all of his playing days in the rearview mirror, we’ll see Tom truly unleashed.
In terms of his ability to read the field and know what is happening at a deep level, he will be able to do that better than anyone in the stadium.
And if he can articulate it as well as Romo can, then Brady will be a success. And Tom Brady being successful at something football-related will be a surprise to no one. It’s what he specializes in.
But there are some cautionary tales out there, like Joe Montana. He was the greatest Super Bowl champion that ever lived when he tried his hand at broadcasting, and he was a disaster.
In large part, Montana’s failures came from his inability to be critical. He liked everyone and wanted them to keep liking him, and it made for a stilted and uninteresting presence in the studio.
Brady will have the advantage of not being a pre-game show host, where he has to make predictions and talk about the news of the day. As a game analyst, he’ll be insulated from a lot of that.
Romo Has Set The Bar High
Still, Romo has set the bar high, and given the huge commitment that Fox Sports is making, Brady will have to be more than just adequate.
Can the greatest champion that ever played the sport be self-deprecating? Can the husband of Gisele Bundchen become an “everyman” that weekly football fans can relate to? Can the smartest football mind in the stadium translate what he sees in a language that appeals to both the football expert and football novice?
It’s not just picking up a microphone and talking; it’s so much more. But if anyone is capable of remaining at the top as he transitions from one profession to another, it’s Brady.