- On his weekly Let’s Go! podcast with Jim Gray and Larry Fitzgerald, Tom Brady expressed how much he really dislikes the NFL’s new 17 game season.
- The Bucs quarterback called it a “terrible decision” and “pointless” and called for some kind of player revolt against the system that is currently in place.
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Tom Brady is really not a fan of the new 17 game NFL season that is being implemented by the league this year.
We know this because during the latest episode of his Let’s Go podcast that he hosts with Jim Gray and Larry Fitzgerald the 44-year-old quarterback made his feelings about the 17 game schedule crystal clear.
“I think it’s pointless,” said Brady, getting right to the point. “I thought it was a terrible decision. So I don’t like the fact that we’re playing a 17th game at all.
“I think 16 is plenty. And, again, you’re eight games into the year and you’re not halfway through, so that’s kind of a little frustrating aspect. So whatever, I mean, we’ll play it. It’s there, you know, a lot of guys probably miss games over the course of the season anyway, so they probably don’t play all 16, most guys.
“But, you know, if you’re fortunate to be able to make it through a season and you got to play the 17th game, I think there’s a lot of things that I would adjust to, you know, the offseason, you know, the regular season schedule.
“A lot of people know my feelings on some of these topics. I’ve been pretty vocal about NFL issues over the last couple of years and some of the things that are done that I don’t necessarily think are in the best interests of the game.”
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Brady then addressed why he believes things like the 17 game NFL schedule happen even if players supposedly aren’t in favor of it.
“Because the owners haven’t had to listen to the players,” Brady explained. “Because usually what the owners want the owners get. So, you know, that’s just the way the business has gone.
“And we need strong union leadership from the player standpoint and a unified union in order to have the right amount of leverage to negotiate what we think is appropriate for an NFL player. But right now it’s more like we get told what to do and, yeah, there’s a vote and a CBA, but the choice is: don’t play or play under these circumstances.”
Brady continued, “We have union leadership which absolutely does the best they can based on the circumstances that they have but it is very challenging to get 1500 players to agree. And it’s much easier to get 32 owners to agree who have all the information and they do regular quarterly meetings and they meet and they’re all interested in growing the game. Which, look, the players want to grow the game as well but we want to grow it in a way that’s, again, that’s right for the players as well. So there’s not a lot of thought that goes into that and I don’t think the coaches are represented as well, either.”
Reactions on social media to Tom Brady’s statements, which at the very least are thought provoking, were the usual mixed bag.
Brady is 100% right. This and Thursday Night football have been terrible decisions. Until the NFLPA gets real leadership & players stand up for themselves, which could mean a strike, they'll continue to lose. https://t.co/Ml6SdPx7EI
— Ben Grimaldi (@BenGrimaldi) November 9, 2021
Something I actually agree w/ Tom Brady on...the adding on to 17 games in the #NFL - nobody can stay healthy for 16!
— Stevie Nick (no S) (@JackpotNick) November 9, 2021
Can't believe I'm saying this, but I agree with Tom Brady. https://t.co/oNsHSbaXys
— Sean Holland (@sth85) November 9, 2021
I agree. No one asked for, demanded, or pushed for a 17th game other than the owners and their pockets. Hell a 7th playoff spot was a stretch too while we’re here. https://t.co/xWwLOEowge
— Bossman Slender (@_MrKMunroe) November 9, 2021
He's right! Adding a 17th game is pointless and nothing more than a money grab! #NFL
Bucs QB Tom Brady rants on 17th game, wants player revolt against ownership https://t.co/9DBpkiZksS
— Zerrick Henderson (@Zerrick_Gerard) November 9, 2021
How is it worse overall? Did it become worse when it went from 12 to 14? 14 to 16? Players get more money. tom Brady who set all his records with 16 games and is probably worth close to a billion combined with his wife does not represent the majority
— burnerusername (@burnerusername1) November 9, 2021
Tom Brady is right. 17 games isn't good for the players, and it's not good for fans who watch too many players get hurt. https://t.co/srMUFM3FN9
— Sean Hackbarth (@seanhackbarth) November 9, 2021
@TomBrady boycott the league and sit out
— Dimitri (@RoyalSaintDR) November 9, 2021
@TomBrady old age is showing with not wanting a 17th game lol
— Eddie Cruz🐝🐺🐻☢️ (@_EhDee) November 9, 2021