If you have questions for Tom Brady this season, they better only be about one thing. Football. Speaking to reports on Friday, Brady kept his message simple. No drama.
“I don’t want to bring on any drama this year,” he said via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “I’m just focused on what I want to do, and be a great football player for this team and be a good example in the locker room, provide great leadership. That’s where my focus is. I know people want to talk about a lot of other things, but I just really want to stick on football and focus on being the best I can be for this team,” he added.
This is no coincidence, of course. It comes after multiple incidents where his personal trainer — Alex Guerrero — came up. Brady didn’t have time for it then, and he won’t going forward. In fact, he shut down each previous conversation by walking out of it.
“I really want to focus on football, not hot topics, and my reaction to a lot of hot topics and so forth,” he said when asked about Nike’s latest ad — you know, the one featuring Colin Kaepernick. We’ve got a classic case of like coach, like quarterback on our hands. “Get ready for the Texans — they’re a great team. That’s where my focus is, not on advertisements and so forth,” Brady continued.
But don’t worry, he did have an answer about Philly’s trick play on Thursday.
“Good execution wins games. …When you have to make the plays, you either make them or you don’t,” Brady says.
Brady, entering his 19th NFL season, is coming off his third MVP campaign. And his Patriots are coming off their second Super Bowl appearance in three years. The bad news? They couldn’t get past the Philadelphia Eagles in February. The good news? The rest of the AFC does not measure up, even with a depleted receiver unit in New England.
But no trainer, no ads — just football. Who’s going to slip up first?