In six days, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will start a four-week banishment from the team. He surely has a plan for his absence. Whatever it is, he’s not sharing the details.
“How will you stay sharp?” he was asked by reporters on Tuesday.
“We’ll see,” Brady said.
“Do you plan on staying local,” he was asked.
“We’ll see,” Brady said again.
So why isn’t he commenting on his plans?
“In case someone else is in this situation in the future, I don’t want to give away all my tips,” Brady said.
That’s the same approach he took when former Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III wanted to pick Brady’s brain. Brady said he’d be glad to do it — after Brady’s career ends.
Despite his reluctance to discuss his plans, Brady was willing to elaborate on his mindset.
“I’m pretty positive,” he said. “I’m going to use these days the best way that I possibly can. I’m going to try to get ready and do everything that I possibly can so I can be at my best when I have the opportunity to play in October. I’ve tried to just find different ways to be positive, but it is what it is at this point, so we’ll do the best we can do.”
When it was pointed out that the league has determined that Brady will have access to long-time trainer Alex Guerrero, Brady had this to say: “Well, that was nice of them.”
Whatever Brady does during his suspension, it’s obvious he’ll be working. Hard.
“It’s easy to do when you love what you do,” he said. “I’ve always been blessed to love this sport and love the preparation of this sport as much as I have. It really never feels like work because it’s always a learning experience. I’m still learning every day that I go out there. It’s always fresh when you start because there are always new players, always new schemes, always new plays, new situations to go over. That’s why there’s such a great — that’s why people love the sport. That’s why I love the sport, because it’s so challenging. It’s very humbling, too, because it’s incredibly difficult to perform at a high level every day. You’ve got to push yourself and find different ways to motivate yourself over the course of long periods of time. It’s easy if you just changed what you did every year. Everything would feel fresh all the time. But when you’ve been doing it for 17 years professionally, and then nine years, I’ve been doing it for 25 years, so I’ve got to keep finding ways to retool and learn and use things as motivation.”
It won’t be hard for Brady to find motivation this year, with 25 percent of it being taken away from him due to the #DeflateGate situation. As to the league giving Brady that motivation, well, that was nice of them.