Tom Brady will play his 20th season in the NFL this year. He first joined the league back in 2000 as the 199th overall pick for the New England Patriots and has been with the team ever since, helping them win six titles along the way.
If there is one thing we know about Brady it is that he is the greatest quarterback of all time. The amount of work and training he has put into his career is something that has never been seen before. Given that he is still in the best physical shape of his life, Brady has decided to skip his team’s voluntary offseason program. Some of the other players who didn’t make an appearance at the OTA’s are Sony Michel, Isaiah Wynn, Michael Bennett, Patrick Chung, Demaryius Thomas, Kyle Van Noy, Deatrich Wise, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Nate Ebner, Yodny Cajuste, Nick Brossette, Ryan Allen and Joe Cardona.
However, having Brady not attend the OTA’s is not something concerning. In fact, he did the same last year and still ended up winning a title for his team. If you ask Hall of Famer Rodney Harrison, Brady missing the OTA’s is actually beneficial to New England:
“I think it’s great. I think at this point in time in his career, after all the years and all the levels of commitment that he’s shown that if he needs a break and he needs to spend his valuable time (with his family, he should). Tom Brady can’t be who Tom Brady is if he’s not at peace with himself. If he’s not spending time with his family, if he’s not making them breakfast, if he’s not waking up and taking them to the beach (he’s losing something) that’s very, very special and those are the things as an older player that you really value because you know you give up so much during the season.”
“Everybody knows Tom Brady, his work ethic, his level of commitment. And you know when he’s not there he’s working his ass off… so I think it’s fine. I think it’s really smart.”
We can’t wait for the 2019 NFL season to start.