Retired NFL quarterback Tom Brady revealed on “The Herd” podcast he will broadcast sports on Fox beginning the fall of 2024.
Brady, whom many consider the greatest quarterback ever, said he spoke with Fox executives about his new opportunity. He indicated a desire to have time to decompress and learn enough about his new opportunity to perform at a high level. Brady said an unwillingness to let people down has always been a motivating factor for him and will continue to motivate him.
The Daily Mail further reported:
Tom Brady is done playing in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he’s jumping into his new gig as an announcer with Fox Sports.
The recently retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback appeared on FS1 Monday and told host Colin Cowherd that he will wait to transition into the booth until the fall of 2024. In other words: NFL fans will go an entire season without Brady in 2023 for the first time this millennium.
‘Decompression’s really important,’ Brady said when asked if he’ll take some time off.
‘You’re on this really crazy treadmill, hamster wheel for a long time, loving the moment and journey,’ Brady continued. ‘At the same time, it’s a daily fight. I have appreciation for so many people that are so committed every day to showing up, to put their max effort into their life and career. For me, I want to be great at what I do — talking, even last week, with the people at Fox Sports, and the leadership there, allowing me to start my Fox opportunity in 2024, something that’s great for me.
‘So, take some time to really learn, become great at what I want to do, become great about thinking about the opportunity, and making sure I don’t rush into anything.’
The 45-year-old announced his retirement last week with a pre-recorded video apparently shot on a public beach in South Florida.
Previously, in May, Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch revealed that Brady would eventually be Fox Sports’ top NFL analyst, although the starting date for the contract remained unclear.
‘We are delighted that Tom has committed to joining the Fox team and wish him all the best during this upcoming season,’ said Murdoch, the 50-year-old son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Fox Sports said Brady’s on-air partner will be longtime announcer Kevin Burkhardt. The five-time Super Bowl MVP will also work as a ‘brand ambassador’ for Fox, focusing on ‘client and promotional initiatives.’
The New York Post reported that the deal is for 10 years and will pay Brady a record-breaking $375 million – the largest contract in sportscasting history.
In May, Front Office Sports reported that Brady will make as much as $25 million annually in a deal that could be worth up to $200 million.
Either way, his contract surpasses those of other quarterbacks-turned-announcers, like Troy Aikman (reportedly $90 million over five years with ESPN) and Tony Romo ($180 million over 10 years with CBS).
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