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https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/26912495/brady-tom-terrific-hoped-halt-use

 

The article is about the nickname "controversy," but my biggest takeaway was Brady's comments about missing voluntary workouts.

 

"I have a family at home, and they get some of my time and energy," Brady said. "My wife is a very ambitious woman, and she travels a lot, so I'm just trying to divide some responsibility at home. She supports me a lot. My family supports me a lot. My kids aren't getting any younger. So just trying to spend the time with them when I can and still get the other things done that I need to get done, and be ready to go when it's time to go."

 

A couple ways to think about this:

 

1.  He's earned it.  He obviously doesn't NEED to go to these things.

2.  It's kind of a slap in the face to other players with families.

 

I'm not one to criticize Brady a hell of a lot.  In this one, however, I do think he comes across like a douche.

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2 minutes ago, Gugny said:

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/26912495/brady-tom-terrific-hoped-halt-use

 

The article is about the nickname "controversy," but my biggest takeaway was Brady's comments about missing voluntary workouts.

 

"I have a family at home, and they get some of my time and energy," Brady said. "My wife is a very ambitious woman, and she travels a lot, so I'm just trying to divide some responsibility at home. She supports me a lot. My family supports me a lot. My kids aren't getting any younger. So just trying to spend the time with them when I can and still get the other things done that I need to get done, and be ready to go when it's time to go."

 

A couple ways to think about this:

 

1.  He's earned it.  He obviously doesn't NEED to go to these things.

2.  It's kind of a slap in the face to other players with families.

 

I'm not one to criticize Brady a hell of a lot.  In this one, however, I do think he comes across like a douche.

This actually makes me like him more (can't believe I am saying that).  Other players could learn something from him regarding being a "present" father.

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Good for him. If anybody can skip a voluntary minicamp it's him. I seriously doubt in 20 years when he looks back he will be saying "Man, I really with I had gone to that minicamp I missed."

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When you're the GOAT you've earned the right to skip voluntary workouts.

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if you don't want players to skip voluntary workouts, make them mandatory...until then.....

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He also has a longer season than almost any NFL player over the past many years.

No problem at all with it.

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I can respect a dad being a good dad. I still hate him as a player though. 

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Bruce use to skip these things toward the end of his time with the Bills... things were not changing and he could get up to speed as needed.

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If he cared that much about his kids, he'd retire and spend even more time with them.

 

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If Tom Brady didn't show up until opening day, it still wouldn't matter. 

 

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He's not getting any younger either. Father time is coming for you Tommy boy!!!

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54 minutes ago, Gugny said:

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/26912495/brady-tom-terrific-hoped-halt-use

 

The article is about the nickname "controversy," but my biggest takeaway was Brady's comments about missing voluntary workouts.

 

"I have a family at home, and they get some of my time and energy," Brady said. "My wife is a very ambitious woman, and she travels a lot, so I'm just trying to divide some responsibility at home. She supports me a lot. My family supports me a lot. My kids aren't getting any younger. So just trying to spend the time with them when I can and still get the other things done that I need to get done, and be ready to go when it's time to go."

 

A couple ways to think about this:

 

1.  He's earned it.  He obviously doesn't NEED to go to these things.

2.  It's kind of a slap in the face to other players with families.

 

I'm not one to criticize Brady a hell of a lot.  In this one, however, I do think he comes across like a douche.

 

 

He could simply have said that he has reviewed the situation with the team and is acting consistent with what was communicated.

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1 hour ago, sherpa said:

He also has a longer season than almost any NFL player over the past many years.

No problem at all with it.

 

Thats right, he makes up for it by playing all those voluntary games on the back end.  

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Just looked it up - if you include playoff games, Brady is the all-time passing yardage leader, ahead of Manning, Brees, and Favre. He has played in 40 postseason games — 2.5 extra seasons of extremely high intensity games.

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Posted (edited)

Is this new?

 

Tainted Tom has said / done this before 

 

A nothing burger 🍔 

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55 minutes ago, ALLEN1QB said:

He's not getting any younger either. Father time is coming for you Tommy boy!!!

Who is?

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I don't have a problem with what Brady said or him skipping voluntary workouts.  He doesn't need to be there.  If teams want ALL players there, then take the 'voluntary' out of it.

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He's also 41.  Most players in the league have been done for 10+ years at his age.  His family is at a different stage than a majority of his peers.  He's earned the right to have these choices.  I'm sure BB has no issue with it either.  We all know he'll be ready when it counts.  

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8 minutes ago, ShadyBillsFan said:

Is this new?

 

Tainted Tom has said / done this before 

 

A nothing burger 🍔 

 

If the thread is a nothing burger, your post just made it a Deluxe.

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1 hour ago, Johnnycage46 said:

This actually makes me like him more (can't believe I am saying that).  Other players could learn something from him regarding being a "present" father.

 

As long as they ignore the fact that he left his pregnant girlfriend to date a supermodel...

 

 

 

 

 

*I actually don't think it matters if he is at voluntary workouts and I know there are conflicting versions of the pregnant girlfriend timeline.

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30 minutes ago, dave mcbride said:

Just looked it up - if you include playoff games, Brady is the all-time passing yardage leader, ahead of Manning, Brees, and Favre. He has played in 40 postseason games — 2.5 extra seasons of extremely high intensity games.

call me impressed...🙄

2 hours ago, Gugny said:

I'm not one to criticize Brady a hell of a lot.  In this one, however, I do think he comes across like a douche.

once a douche, always a douche.

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I have many reasons to hate Tom Brady.  Skipping OTA's to spend time with his family is not one of them.

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“Guys, there’s only so many hours in the day. I can’t french kiss my son AND go to voluntary OTAs c’mon.”

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