Tom Brady could actually put on beige trousers and a brightly colored polo shirt and spend the rest of his life on a golf course.

There is still a lot to do for him there.

"Somewhere between miserable and pitiful" are his golf skills, said the 43-year-old at the end of May.

During a charity golf duel against his old rival Peyton Manning, his pants tore in front of the camera.

Of course, all of this was just great fun, which should provide a little distraction in the pandemic.

Brady's real job remains tossing brown leather eggs around.

The quarterback starts his 21st season in the NFL on Sunday.

But this time everything is different.

For the first time, Brady will not play for the New England Patriots, but for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

New team, new system, new opponents.

And somehow a new Tom Brady too.

At the age of 43, the most successful footballer in history is reinventing himself.

It could become one of the most remarkable transformations in world sport.

"Changes and challenges are part of life," wrote Brady himself in an article on

The Players Tribune


"They are part of athletes' lives. They should happen. They have to happen sometimes".

Brady had played for the New England Patriots for 20 years.

He was drawn as a noname late in the 6th round of the draft in 2000.

That should become his motivation.

Brady became famous for his irrepressible drive to prove it to everyone.

He and his congenial coach Bill Belichick won the Super Bowl six times, perhaps the most important title in US sport.

Most titles a player has ever won.

Brady became the GOAT, the Greatest Of All Time;

the best that has ever been.

He broke countless records in the service of the Patriots.

He could have resigned as an eternally revered superstar.

But at some point during the last season Brady must have decided that he doesn't want to renew his contract in New England and is looking for a new challenge.

So it was that Brady signed a two-year contract with the recently chronically unsuccessful Tampa Bay Buccaneers


And the entire world of sports is wondering: why?

"I am ready to completely accept a team that believes in what I do, what I give and that is ready to take this ride with me," wrote the 43-year-old.

Brady wants a team that believes in him, values ​​him and wants to win titles with him.

Conversely: In New England he didn't have that feeling recently.

In purely sporting terms, there are understandable reasons for the change.

Brady was recently absent from the offensive in New England, and good players with high salary claims were let go year after year.

In addition, many suspected that there had been a bad mood between Brady and Belichick recently and that they had both diverged from each other.

The quarterback always denied that.

From a sporting perspective, things should be better for Brady at Tampa Bay now.

With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin he has one of the best passport receiving duos in the league by his side.

After just a few training sessions together, Evans raved: "He's a superstar - the most successful player of all time, and he's just like everyone else".

Then there is the head coach Bruce Arians.

He is considered an extremely offensively thinking coach who is very popular with the players.

Belicheck, on the other hand, is stoic and hypothermic.

His main strength lies in the defensive.

Arians is still missing a Super Bowl ring as head coach.

The 67-year-old had actually already ended his coaching career before he got back to the Bucs last year.

He's ready to go all-in with Brady for two years to win the Super Bowl.

Both are united by the hunger for success - and the likely end of their careers.

In order for the Super Bowl victory to succeed, Arians makes no distinction between rookie and legend.

"I yell at him like anyone else," Arians said of Brady.

"I'm used to it," tweeted Brady with a laughing smiley in reply.

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But how good is Brady anyway?

Physically, the 43-year-old cannot tell his age, his knowledge of the moves and tactics in this complex sport are undisputed.

On the other hand, Brady is no longer as mobile and fast as younger colleagues.

Even the very deep balls are no longer Brady's strength and probably never have been.