Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, a sure-fire future first-round Hall of Famer, jabbed the Millennial work ethic, which he appears to view as much less ambitious than previous American generations.
Essentially, Brady said that the best advice he can give to people is to stop blaming others for failing to achieve goals and objectives.
Brady, who has won seven Super Bowls during his more than two-decade career — all with the New England Patriots until he won the big game in 2020 during his first year with the Bucs — dished on work ethic during a sit-down with NFL correspondent Peter King for his latest edition of “Football Morning in America” Monday.
“Life is about always changing and adapting to different things. Today, the world wants to blame, and shame, and guilt, and fear everything all the time,” the superstar QB told King.
“We would never teach our kids that, you know? We would never say, ‘This is how you’re gonna get through life the best — you’re gonna blame everyone when things don’t go right.’ Or, ‘I always get it my way but you should never get it your way.’ It’s not how to live a joyful life,” he added.
“For me … I love playing football. [Bucs offensive coordinator] Byron Leftwich said something really good the other day: It’s a very simple game that’s so hard to execute,” Brady continued.
“It’s a totally imperfect game that you’re trying to do as perfectly as possible. Every day I come out trying to do it. I’m hoping this is my best year,” he said.
Football as a sport, Brady said, is the “ultimate blame game.”
“General managers, head coaches, players, quarterbacks, receivers, defense, offense. It’s so easy to blame someone else. It’s so hard to say, ‘I didn’t get the job done and we collectively didn’t get the job done.’ That’s the best part about team sports. I picked a team where everybody’s like, ‘Hey, we gotta get better,'” Brady told King.
“It’s not, ‘I got all the answers. You guys just all screwed it up except me.’ Exact opposite way to play the game. You know? You gotta play it together,” he said.
“If you’re doing what you love doing and you’re with people you love doing it with, it’s all good. You can go to the Bahamas and play golf with the worst threesome of all time and you’re gonna have a horrible time. Or you can go to the local muni with your three best friends and have the best time.
“I love the guys I’m working with. This is nothing about New England. I love New England. I love the players. I love the coaches. It was magical,” he noted further.
Brady had one of his best years last year after he led his team through three playoff games after earning a wildcard spot to make it to the Super Bowl, not an easy feat.
The Bucs beat the Washington Football Team, division rival New Orleans Saints, and finally the Green Bay Packers to earn a chance to meet 2019’s Super Bowl champ Kansas City Chiefs, whom they defeated handily 31-9.
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