Tom Brady and Charles Barkley discuss the transition from athlete to broadcaster


Brady chooses his spots to publicly criticize players. He says he could be “scathing” as a broadcaster.

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Tom Brady has a critical eye for football which has served him well for over two decades as a player.

How will this translate to his career in broadcasting after his retirement?

Brady discussed his future media career on the latest edition of “Let’s Go!” Podcast” with Jim Gray.

Charles Barkley, who became an analyst for TNT after a career in the NBA Hall of Fame, appeared as a guest. He and Brady discussed what it’s like to make the transition from star athlete to broadcast.

Brady said he finds the opportunity to be more critical of other players in public interesting.

“Obviously as a player I have to choose my places in the locker room,” Brady said. “Because there are frustrations that you have as a player. I never really do it through the media, I just go to the players or the coach or the person who could actually solve the problem.

Brady said earlier this season that he watches a lot of bad football. He said nine out of 10 times he thought about how bad a piece was instead of marveling at how amazing it was.

He said that after playing with great players like Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Randy Moss, he had a standard of perfection that impacted the way he viewed the game.

“I feel like there’s probably more Johnny Miller in me,” Brady said. “When I watched him on golf shows, he was sometimes scathing. “This guy choked on the pressure” or whatever. That’s actually how I’ve come to see the game a lot now. Not that I want to be negative, but I want to emphasize [things] out.”

Brady said his perspective is also informed by a lesson Bill Belichick taught him a long time ago.

“It’s hard to win a game in the NFL,” Brady said. “There are more games lost in the NFL than there are won. If you don’t miss it, you have a great chance of winning because most people mess it up. If you just the basics of what the sport is: blocking, tackling, rushing the quarterback, blocking for the quarterback, catching the ball, throwing, kicking the ball correctly, you can do very well in sport, I think It’s been proven in the Patriots system all these years.

Brady pointed to Malcolm Butler’s interception in Super Bowl XLIX to explain why he thinks calling him what he sees himself is important.

Rather than acknowledging the skill it took Butler to play the game, many fans spoke about the Seahawks’ decision not to hand the ball to Marshawn Lynch instead, according to Brady.

Brady said television broadcasters had a powerful influence on the discussion.

“Few people know exactly what is going on. We can have a big say in how influential fans ultimately get to see something. I just wanted him to get credit for the dynamic play he ended up doing.

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