After signing a three year contract extension with the Patriots through 2017 for significantly less money than he could have made on the market*, Tom Brady has no intention of talking about it.
As if Brady’s pay cut didn’t already make his perspective crystal clear, an email he sent to WEEI host John Dennis made it irrefutable.
“I really do just want to win, and that has and will continue to be the reason that motivates me and is the biggest factor in my decision-making process,” he wrote in an email to WEEI host John Dennis, who asked Brady to come on Wednesday morning’s show via phone.
“I don’t want to talk about this on the radio or anywhere else for that matter,” Brady added, according to Dennis. “Athletes are always talking about money at a time when everyone else is struggling so badly to make it. We all make way more than our fair share. And I just think it reflects poorly on myself and my teammates.”
Two words: pure class. Much of the country is still reeling from the financial collapse, and Brady has the perspective and self-awareness to not belittle the everyday person’s struggles by publicly debating his decision to take fewer millions of dollars.
A lot of people seem to be interpreting his last sentence as a shot at his teammates, like Welker, Vollmer, etc, who are awaiting contracts. I dont see it that way at all. His comment isn’t about players taking big contracts, it’s about players incessantly talking big contracts (Carl Crawford complaining about making over $20 million a season comes to mind…). Plus, why would he free up $15 mil in cap space to then knock players for using it?
Comments like these prove Brady’s decisions are in no way a facade. He walks the walk, talks the talk, and absolutely isn’t looking for anyone to pat him on the back. He wants to win, period.
*Yes, Brady‘s guarantees increased, but at the end of the day he’s leaving a lot of money on the table to give the Pats’ a lot of cap room they wouldn’t have had otherwise.