NFL legend Tom Brady has made his official broadcast debut for FOX Sports after signing a $375 million deal with the network last year.
And the 45-year-old’s first appearance almost confirms the seven-time Super Bowl winner’s retirement from the NFL.
Brady initially retired in 2022 before changing his mind and choosing to play another season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He would retire for a second time in February after a tumultuous season.
The 46-year-old signed a ten-year, $375 million broadcast deal with Fox Sports last summer and is expected to take over the role in 2024
But on Saturday morning Brady made his first appearance on FOX and not as the football player he had been for 23 years.
The legendary quarterback was a guest at Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff and spoke about the reigning Big Ten champion Michigan Wolverines.
Brady attended the University of Michigan from 1996 to 1999 before being drafted by the New England Patriots and winning six Super Bowls for the team.
And the 15-time Pro Bowl QB didn’t hold back with his Wolverines fan base in a pre-taped segment.
“Look folks, I hate to ruin everyone else’s, but this is Michigan’s year.” said Brady.
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“We’ve won back-to-back Big Ten titles, back-to-back losses at Ohio State – sorry Urban [Meyer].”
Brady then went on to emphasize Michigan’s talent, calling JJ McCarthy a “blue-chip quarterback” while calling running back Blake Corum and Donavan Edwards “a two-headed monster in the backfield.”
And he ended the tirade by saying, “The most successful program in college football history is poised for another national championship run.”
“We’ve got this, let’s go. Go Blue!
As for his life in retirement, the Patriots are expected to honor Brady on the field ahead of the Sept. 10 home opener.
And the 46-year-old has invested in the Las Vegas Raiders and became a minority owner of English football club Birmingham City.