Max Kellerman claims that Aaron Rodgers is following in the footsteps of Tom Brady by being more open with the media. (1:07).
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, took a handoff from the backfield and tucked the ball. He then ran forward. As he returned to formation, he mimicked Cowboys runningback Ezekiel Elliott's spooning-to-mouth "feed-me" gesture.
Although it was only a run installation, Brady was not even practicing in the right position. His enthusiasm, however, was evident despite the fact that this was his 22nd NFL training camp.
Running back Ronald Jones laughed about Brady's impersonation of a running back and said, "I'd probably give them a seven." "How many rings did he get?" "I'd give him seven of the ten."
Brady's jokes and trash talk are a familiar part of Brady's teammate conversations. They are often peppered with humor, humor, and a sense of self-deprecation. These are a stark contrast with Brady's slew of dad jokes and friendly trash talk, which is often laced with humility that often teeters on self-deprecation. After failing to account Devin White's entry into coverage for an intercept,
They know there is a lighter side to the seven-time Super Bowl winner quarterback. He once crashed an offensive line barbeque and outdrank the whole group. Fans are now seeing more of it.
Donovan Smith, left tackle, joked that he didn't know what to paint the guy as. He has a great sense of humor. He is human. He loves to have fun. Who doesn't like to have fun? Everyone likes to laugh and have a good time.
After the Buccaneers' Super Bowl rings ceremony, Tom Brady displayed his seven rings via social media. Tom Brady
Brady opened up about his life in Tampa his first year. He didn't fear what others might think or how it might affect him image, even if it did ruffle a few feathers. Is it just a matter of leaving Bill Belichick's New England locker room?
Bruce Arians, Bucs coach, said that Tom is very comfortable in the locker room as well as with our coaches and fans. "I believe that personality is showing more. We love seeing it."
Brady sat next to President Joe Biden in the White House. He dubbed himself "Sleepy Tom" (or Sleepy Tom) and joked with election deniers, saying that "40% still don’t believe we won the Super Bowl." Then, he challenged 11 White House interns on the south lawn to a scrimmage and promised to "run up" the score.
Play 1:34 Brady Jokes with President Biden at White House Ceremony Tom Brady laughs with President Joe Biden while the Buccaneers celebrate Super Bowl victory at the White House.
He said that he had learned that a team that he was interested with last spring decided to change their direction as a quarterback on HBO's "The Shop."
There was also the famous trophy tossing and avocado tequila moment during the Super Bowl parade. On "The Late Late Show With James Corden", he joked that his 8 year old daughter, Vivi was "the voice and reason" on that particular day.
Many memes have been posted to social media. One meme compared Drew Brees' matchup to a History Channel special. He has also shared his story about his first tropical storm and how he lost his jet skis.
Brady has gone from being a Patriots quarterback to his now-QB coach Clyde Christensen was afraid to talk with when they were on opposing teams to laughing with him about the pumped-in crowd noises at the RCA Dome where Christensen used to play for the Colts.
Brady acknowledged that he had gone through a metamorphosis. He said it was a result of changing his environment, growing older, and wanting to build a deeper relationship with his fans. He now communicates directly via text messaging.
Brady stated, "It's nice to have found my voice more," It's been an enjoyable environment to be around my coaches and teammates. I'm just enjoying the game of football and playing with this group.
He then said that he didn't give as detailed a response as reporters wanted and added, "You guys have caught me on a bad morning today." It was a very bad practice. It's not a great day. It's what it is.
Gronkowski said that he has seen a looser Brady in Tampa than he did in New England.
Gronkowski stated, "It's wonderful that he's showing this side." It's great for football and great for fans. It's great news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. You don't want your sport to be rigid. You want to be open and willing to try new things. It's great to see him doing that, making silly comments and laughing at jokes. It keeps everyone on their toes and makes them feel good. It's also fun.
Scotty Miller, wide receiver, said that Tom is a great man and a joy to be around. He's among a lot of 20-year old kids, so it's likely a little harder for him. He is almost like our father [laughs]. He's great and a joy to be with."
White stated, "He's always been a free guy since the first time I met him." He's like one of us. He laughs a lot. He does everything we do. He eats with us in the cafeteria. The same person is still there. I believe I am seeing a better person in the field. He is more at ease."
Some would suggest Brady's public change started well before he left New England for Tampa Bay for the 2020 season, with his better-late-than-never arrival on social media -- first with Facebook, where his social team, led by business manager Ben Rawitz, posted everything from vacation cliff diving to his old resume from 2014.
Dont Stallworth, a former Patriots teammate, said that he was shocked by his actions. I believe a lot of it was him trying to reveal who Tom Brady is. He's a funny guy, which many of us have seen over the years."
In 2019, Brady joined Twitter. He then unceremoniously made the worst April Fool's joke ever, annoucing his retirement. Stallworth immediately tweeted "Welcome To Hell!" Brady replied, "I heard that everyone's really supportive here?"
Stallworth stated that he has definitely lost his inhibitions. "I just kind of sat down and enjoyed it all. It's something I am glad he was capable of doing. People can see him as he is, even though he's still a player. It's because it's different after you retire. It's different when you retire. It is more important to show the public your personality in your playing days and offseason. It's a lot more.
Damien Woody, a former Patriots teammate, is now an ESPN analyst.
Woody stated that he was constantly under scrutiny and that he understood the need to keep his private life private while allowing football to take over. "But I think Tom is now at a stage where his legacy is complete. He's my favorite quarterback. I think you become more senile as you age. I'm gonna do me. Just do me. All else is a waste. Tom is there right now.
He knows the clock is ticking for his career, so why not enjoy the ride? Enjoy this part of his career, and have some fun. This is how you should do it. ... I just enjoy the trash talking, memes, and cracking jokes. That's who he really is. He is that way.