It’s hard to imagine Tom Brady having so much fun over the course of his final season in New England.
Yes, the Patriots had an 8-0 start to the season, but it was a steady decline from there. Brady and company worked through the second half of the season and were eliminated from the playoffs in the Wild Card round.
TB12’s fortune, at least on paper, changed when he signed a free-agent deal with the Buccaneers, who are loaded with offensive talent. Brady’s arsenal at Tampa Bay grew even stronger when Rob Gronkowski ended his retirement to reunite with his old quarterback. Gronk’s addition apparently sparked a new life in Brady, as evidenced by a text message he sent to his pitching coach, Tom House.
“I think the funniest texts we’ve had is when Gronk signed. He texted me and said, ‘Soccer is fun again,’ ”House said in a conversation with GQ. “The good thing about dealing with these guys is that they are just like you and me. They are big kids. They may be, you know, superstars, goats, the best ever, but they’re 12 years old. Gronk is the ultimate 12-year-old and 32-year-old superstar. Gronk is one of those guys in the locker room or on the field who just has so much fun playing. It is what we call “The Power of Play”. It is always more fun to work on something you are having fun than to work on the job. You don’t tell a kid to go to baseball to work. Go tell him to play baseball. So Gronk is the best player. ”
“Fun” has been a popular buzzword in Foxboro for the past few years, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide if Brady’s text was some kind of digging up his old team, or more specifically, his former coach. Still, the six-time Super Bowl champion seems more than happy with his new situation.
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