Tom Brady will make more money in the broadcast booth over the next ten years than he did in the NFL for the previous 23 years.
Tom Brady is gearing up for the next chapter of his life, which will see him enter the FOX Sports commentary booth after signing a multi-year contract with the network last year.
Tom Brady announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday, following 23 seasons. He won seven Super Bowls during a two-decade career with the New England Patriots, with whom he co-led a historic dynasty with head coach Bill Belichick and owner Rob Kraft and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
His 2022 season did not go as planned, as the Buccaneers were comprehensively trounced 31-14 by the Dallas Cowboys to finish his 23rd NFL season in the NFL Playoffs’ Wild Card round.
Tom Brady waved to fans as he exited the field, implying that his career in the NFL was coming to an end
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FOX Sports revealed last year that Tom Brady would join the network as a lead analyst after retiring, signing a 10-year contract worth $375 million (£306 million).
It means the legendary quarterback will earn more in his shorter broadcast agreement than he did in his 23-year NFL career, where he earned $333 million from the Patriots and Buccaneers.
Tom Brady was never the highest-paid player in the NFL, or even in the top tier of high earners because he took club-friendly discounts in order for the Patriots to assemble a competitive team around him.
In fact, his most lucrative annual agreement was his final one in New England: a one-year $23 million contract.
Fox Sports assumed Tom Brady would join their roster after retiring last year
Only for him to abruptly reverse his decision 40 days later. During a recent Sirius XM episode of his ‘Let’s Go!’ Podcast, the seven-time Super Bowl champion expressed his excitement about starting at Fox Sports: “There’s so much to learn, there’s so much to teach, you know, it’s ever-evolving.
“Believe me, as much as you believe I’m eager to teach others, I’m genuinely eager to learn. “I’m hoping to learn a lot from everyone I get to chat with.” In the future, I’ll have the opportunity to travel around and learn from all of the other people I’ve looked up to and admired, as well as other organizations and people. So it’s thrilling for me as well.”
Tom Brady claims he can be scathing in the booth and compares himself to legendary golf commentator Johnny Miller. Tom Brady’s disclosure of his potential commentary approach would be a dramatic contrast to popular CBS commentator Tony Romo, who lavishes praise on passers and offensive innovation with infectious excitement.
The 45-year-old will also be joined in the Fox Sports studio by a familiar face: four-time Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski. After declining a return to the NFL, the iconic former tight end joined the broadcaster as an on-air commentator midway through the 2022 season.