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Tom Brady got an amazing place in the documentary series ‘Man in The Arena’ – CBS Boston

Via Michael Hurley, CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Honestly, Tom Brady’s new documentary series project doesn’t make the most of sense. Not with me, anyway.

To me, the whole project feels like an ESPN overreaction to Michael Jordan’s amazing project from a year ago. The cultural sense of “The Last Dance” is driven by a number of factors, one of which is… the fact that the global pandemic has shut down all live sports. The compelling, largely untold or forgotten story has caught the attention of sports fans who have resorted to dramas or movies or done the unthinkable: read book. That unique period of time, coupled with the 25-30 years that have passed since the actual events took place, helped make “The Last Dance” a hit.

So when ESPN announced “Man In The Arena” right after “The Last Dance” aired, it felt… unnecessary. Like a poorly planned rush to capitalize on something else that is already very common. So I don’t feel particularly rushed to enjoy it. Witness the Patriots’ dynasties and be fully aware of Super Bowl material running through NFL Films DVDs, but it doesn’t feel like much of anything new is breaking.

And for the most part, that’s true – at least that was in the first episode, which I ended up throwing as a viewing background almost a month after it came out.

However, in the middle of the episode – documenting Drew Bledsoe’s Week 2 injury in 2001, Brady’s ascent to start and run to the Super Bowl XXXVI title – Brady honestly, legitimately admitted, surprising.

Brady was talking about the 2001 AFC Championship Game in Pittsburgh, when he was knocked out of the game due to a low (dirty) shot by Lee Flowers late in the second half. Brady admits that before the injury, he was overwhelmed by all that the Man of Steel was showing him in defence. (Brady is 12 against 18 in 115 yards with no touches or interceptions in the game.)

“From the very beginning of the game, I was very confused,” Brady said. “Everything is – I don’t know what came. You know, all their different faults – they bring two from this side, they bring two from this side, they bring two on the inside, they bring one to the edge, they bring safety. , they bring the edge. ”

That was clear by the results. The Patriots took the lead, 7-3, when Brady was injured, but that score belonged to the special teams. The Patriots are just 2 to 7 in third place up to that point, and attack is a struggle.

And when he reminisced about that first half in Pittsburgh 20 years later, Brady said what could be described as an unbelievable remark:

“You know, mentally, it was a big challenge for me. And I wasn’t quite ready for that moment. ”

I wasn’t quite ready for that moment.

It was really a great admission. This is the Tom Brady we’re talking about. He has cemented his place as GOAT because he has appeared in more pivotal moments than anyone else in history. The legend of Tom Brady was built on a post-season run with a 10-point comeback and late-game win in a blizzard, as well as a Super Bowl game win to beat the Rams. It was a drive that saw Brady complete five 53-meter passes in a 90-second period, ending with Brady casually extending his left arm to catch the ball after it had 7 seconds left on clock.

And that, obviously, is just the beginning. He’s made it to the Super Bowl finals more than anyone. He’s won more Super Bowls than anyone. He’s won more Super Bowl MVPs than anyone. He’s won more playoffs than anyone. He won in every conceivable condition. Obviously he’s not perfect, but he’s better than anyone. When.

Keeping fit in these moments has been the hallmark of his entire career. And as he said at the end of Episode 1, he still [bleeping] do it.

However, with 20 years of reflection, Brady looks back on that one game, and that one moment, and sees a young player who was overwhelmed.

Brady said that Bill Belichick could also sense the suspicion emanating from Brady.

Brady said in the documentary: “Because my ankle hurt, I was scared too. “The coach also recognized that in me. I thought maybe he looked at me and said, ‘Okay, Tom. We’ll let someone else play the rest of the game. ‘”

I suppose, with Brady taking on the role of executive producing his own documentary series, I didn’t expect that raw honesty to be captured and shared with the public. Also, after all… everything that has happened since January 2002, Brady clearly feels comfortable admitting this now. This particular admission won’t exactly affect his reputation as a major game player.

It was a bit of a surprise, however, in the middle of 54 minutes of a well-documented Super Bowl reboot.

I wasn’t quite ready for that moment.

Does that make the whole effort worth it, from the viewer’s point of view – who knows? But without a doubt, it is a shock to hear from a player who has more moments than can be counted.

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2021/12/08/tom-brady-stunning-admission-in-man-in-the-arena-documentary/ Tom Brady got an amazing place in the documentary series ‘Man in The Arena’ – CBS Boston

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