NFL booth veteran casts doubt on Tom Brady’s broadcasting career
New England Patriots’ legend Tom Brady has a massive deal with Fox Sports beginning in 2024, but some seem to think he won’t end up calling games. Tom Brady’s second official retirement seems like the real thing.
He retired at the end of the season, and it doesn’t appear like he’s coming back this time. The 45 year old enjoyed what might end up being the best professional sports’ career of all time. Brady played football for about 68 straight seasons and surely misses the game, but he’s also a businessman and has other adventures going on.
About one year ago, news broke that Tom Brady had agreed to a massive ten year, $375 million contract with Fox Sport to be their lead analyst when his playing career ends. The idea would be to pair Brady with Kevin Burkhardt in the booth to call NFL games.
He’s apparently joining the booth in 2024, so we won’t see him this coming season, which does seem a bit odd, right? Why would Fox Sports want to lock up Tom Brady a year and a half before he begins his career with them?
Well, CBS Sportscaster Phil Simms seems to think that Brady might not be up there in the booth announcing games for the network:
"“I’ve got to see it — or hear it — to believe it,” Simms told Front Office Sports. “I don’t know. I just can’t picture Tom Brady up there announcing games.“You know why? He’s Tom Brady. He’s just bigger than life…In this day and age, is it worth it for him?”"
Being a sports announcer is certainly a large commitment. There’s surely a ton of dirty work that goes into preparing for a game each week. It’s not like they can just stick Tom Brady in the booth with no training and tell him to go crazy.
There’s likely going to be behind the scenes training involved, some rocky beginnings, and a ton of research for gameday that needs to get done.
Would Tom Brady really be interested in all of that, given everything else he has going on? I don’t think Phil Simms is wrong in his thinking. This just does not feel like something Tom Brady would fully endorse. Perhaps money talks in this scenario and we do see Brady in the booth.