Over the years, Tom Brady Sr. hasn't been shy when speaking to the media about his son with Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
Brady Sr. joined Cadence13's Raising Fame podcast hosted by Dell and Sonya Curry this week, which was his first interview since his son left the Patriots and signed with the Buccaneers.
He opened up on the departure and said the change will reinvigorate Brady because after 20 years things can "get a touch more boring."
“Twenty years is about four lifetimes in the sports world," Brady Sr. said. "It is pretty unusual people don’t leave one franchise for another. After 20 years I just kind of sense this is going to be a new chapter, kind of a way to reinvigorate things. The Patriots were darn good to us and darn good to Tommy.
"Now that he’s moved on, it is kind of fun. We get to see some different sides of the world. We don’t get down to Florida very often and down to that area. It is pretty cool, and I think it is for him too. I think he is going to be a little bit reinvigorated because after 20 years things get a touch more boring.”
Brady Sr. said his son kept him informed on what was going on throughout the free agency process, but he stayed out of the way for the most part.
“He kind of just kept us informed. It’s kind of a process," he said. "I sense that some things were changing and when he ultimately pulled the plug he called us the day before and said, ‘I am pulling the plug.’ We weren’t sad, we were kind of happy for him because this is his journey. As much as we love Boston, it’s going to change our life and have a daughter and her family who live up in Boston so it’s going to be a little bit more difficult for us because each time we went up to Boston we were able to see her as well. It was a two-for. Now, it is going to be a little bit different. We are going to triangulate the trips from San Francisco to Boston to Tampa. It is going to be really neat. I am really thrilled for him.”
As for Brady's relationship with Bill Belichick, Brady Sr. wouldn't go as far as calling it a divorce, rather a separation.
“I think it is just change," he said. "… I can’t tell you the hundreds of times where Tommy has said Bill is the greatest coach in the history of football. Tommy sings Bill’s praises. Divorce sounds a little bit harsh. It is a separation. Bill’s got a lot of responsibilities to keep the Patriots on track and that is a bigger responsibility than keeping Tommy under the hood.
"Both of them are mature individuals. I really respect Bill’s decision and respect Tommy’s decision as well. It is OK to take different paths. You don’t have to stay adjoined at the hip.”
Brady Sr. was asked what were the things that drew his son to Tampa Bay and he noted Bruce Arians, staying on the East Coast and the warm weather.