In the myriad of questions that were asked of Tom Brady during Tuesday's conference call, one elicited an answer that probably wasn't surfaced enough. It involved the challenge of what Brady will be facing when it comes to living his new life outside of the football facilities.
"There’s a lot of change and it’s just that," Brady said. "You go from the northeast to the south. The climate is different. There’s a lot of things that will be different. My drive to work will be different. There’s a lot of things. It’s not like I’m 25 where I basically pack a suitcase and go. I have three kids and it’s just changing a little bit of our life, but that’s life. That’s what people do. That’s what you do when you have opportunities and other jobs in other places. There’s a lot of coaches that deal with that, there’s a lot of players that have dealt with that, they deal with it every year, and in that sense I’m no different than what so many other people have gone through. You do the best you can do and make the transition as smooth as possible. Again, for me what’s most important is to try and make this a smooth transition with my family, so I can get to work on the things I need to focus on. I hope I can get those things finished here in the next couple of weeks and get up to speed with the things I need to learn. A lot of that is studying the playbook and getting to know my teammates by phone calls until we have the opportunity to be together and try to get to know each other in that type of way."
Just a few days before, WEEI's Christian Fauria had brought up this very topic.
Fauria played for four different teams during his 13-year NFL career, going from Seattle to New England before spending one year apiece in Washington and Carolina. They are experiences that left the former tight end understanding the dynamic Brady is going to be facing for the first time.
"He has too much to lose to just be casual about it. Is he going to be leaving and traveling home? Is his family going to be with him? There is some advice I would give him based on doing it before …," Fauria said.
What would be the advice:?
"Make sure your family is there," he added. "Make sure they commit to being there."
"I think it’s important. You can use Ben Watson as an example. He brought his whole family up there and they had to make a sacrifice and everybody needs to be on board. He’s used to having friends and family and support members there. Sure, I think Alex will be down there but he has to have his kids. I think that will be a mistake if they don’t go down there. Flying back and forth becomes a burden in November. I know you’re flying private. It’s just, you’re on a plane … You have to be focused your job and if you’re constantly worried about catching your flight, packing stuff, it becomes a distraction."