Tom Brady Swears, Trains, Hydrates, Gets Pliable, and Talks Trash in Tom vs. Time
The documentary offers a rare glimpse into the life of TB12.
The 15 minute first installment is available only on Facebook Watch. It is, as advertised, a look at Tom Brady that you’ve never seen before. In it, the notoriously tight-lipped quarterback gabs about his obscure training regimen, his distaste for media gossip (and there’s been plenty of that this year), his drive to win, and the battle the 40-year-old athlete is waging against the inevitability of aging.
“What are you willing to do, and what are you willing to give up to be the best you can be?” he says as the 15-minute doc begins. “You only have so much energy and the clock is ticking on all of us.”
He adds, with a statement that’s equal parts impressive, ominous, and a little sad: “I’ve given my body, my everything, every bit of energy for 18 years to [football]. So if you’re gonna compete against me, you’d better be willing to give up your life, because I’m giving up mine.”
In other scenes, there are heartwarming moments with wife Gisele Bündchen and two of his children, shots inside his beautiful home, a glimpse of his many Super Bowl rings, a peek inside his meticulous files of notes from coach Bill Belichick, and views of all of the various places he works out, eats, and hydrates. He relives the triumph of the Patriots’ miraculous Super Bowl comeback, but says that he spends almost no time relishing his big wins before getting right back to work, saying, “There’s a brief moment in time where I enjoy the experience of winning and then I’m thinking about the next game, and I’m thinking about winning again.”
The documentary features a series of clips of sports media commentary about Brady’s age creeping up on him, interspersed with shots of Brady taking bites of Brady-approved sustenance and doing intense training.
It also includes a rare look at a session at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center, with his much-discussed personal guru Alex Guerrero, who can be seen examining the quarterback, rubbing lotion on him, thwacking him with pads, and flopping his leg around. Brady says Guerrero has improved his game in ways regular doctor/trainers never could. “He’s much more than someone that just works on me physically,” Brady says.
We even hear from Guerrero himself, another rarity, discussing the mind-body preparations it takes to be the best quarterback in the world. “Prior to the season starting,” Gurrero says, “we really try to get his brain to understand there’s going to be impact, then prepare his body for the impact, to almost feel as if it’s normal behavior for him.”
In one scene, as Brady describes how he feels after 18 years of football, he says most people his age would be sore, or see their throwing ability degrade. But not Brady.
“I can fire that motherfucker,” he says.
Giselle appears enthusiastic about the release, and even invited her followers on Instagram to tune in.