It’s not going to be easy for Tom Brady at Fox TV

PHOENIX — Terry Bradshaw thinks Tom Brady will have a challenge ahead of him.

Fox Sports signed Brady to a 10-year, $375 million deal to step into their best NFL announcement stand after his retirement. Brady last week announced his retirement from the NFL after seven Super Bowl titles and 23 seasons, and on Monday he said he plans to take a year off before going into game analysis in 2024.

During Fox Sports’ media day ahead of Super Bowl 2023, Bradshaw, the legendary four-time Super Bowl quarterback with the Steelers, was asked what advice he had for Brady.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Bradshaw told reporters Tuesday. “The problem with Tom is that the whole world will be watching. Everyone wants to see how he’s doing. And if he doesn’t live up to your expectations, you will say so. So I don’t think criticism is something that’s happened to him in his 20+ years in the NFL. I know a lot of these superstar quarterbacks get criticized to some degree. They don’t take it well.”

Bradshaw, who very successfully impersonated Everyman during his post-playing career, said Brady’s work ethic shouldn’t be an issue, but pointed to the challenge of nurturing the relationship with viewers with the barrier of a screen in between.

Terry Bradshaw said it's not going to be easy for Tom Brady to make the transition from quarterback to calling NFL games.
Terry Bradshaw said it’s not going to be easy for Tom Brady to make the transition from quarterback to calling NFL games.
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“Tom will put in the work,” said 74-year-old Bradshaw. “Television is me and you. I’m talking to you. I won’t talk over your head [or] under you. I’ll talk to you right away. We’re gonna have some fun. We’re gonna keep it simple. We will have a good visit today. This is TV. The faster he can learn and relax [the better he’ll be].”

Bradshaw said the entire Fox team is drawing for Brady. He also mentioned what a great job Greg Olsen did alongside Kevin Burkhardt in their first season as the channel’s top announcing team, succeeding Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. And with a wink, Bradshaw joked about the possibility that Brady could start behind Olsen on the depth chart.

“We all love [Brady]’ Bradshaw said. “We draw for him. I feel sorry for Greg Olsen who had a phenomenal year. Maybe they start Tom in the second team.”

Bradshaw started out as an analyst behind John Madden at CBS Sports and really found his footing when he moved from the booth to the studio.

Earlier this season, Bradshaw revealed he has battled two types of cancer – bladder and skin – over the past year. He was asked by The Post to give an update on his health to fans across the country.

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Terry Bradshaw interviews Eagles QB Jalen Hurts after the NFC Championship.

Terry Bradshaw interviews Tom Brady after Brady's first Super Bowl title in 2002.
Terry Bradshaw interviews Tom Brady after Brady’s first Super Bowl title in 2002.
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“I’m fine,” he replied. “I just left the hospital [Monday]. I had different treatment. Didn’t get any sleep. Got up at 1am, drove to New York and got out of here. I’m a bit shaky today, but I’m fine. cancer free.”

Bradshaw was then asked if he was considering retiring from broadcasting.

“What would happen to the studio?” he asked. “Who would take my place? That will never happen.” It’s not going to be easy for Tom Brady at Fox TV

Emma Bowman

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