“First of all, I was not thinking at that moment,” Brady said with a laugh. “It was not a thought. It was, ‘This seems really fun to do.' Not to mention, when you get your hands on one of those trophies, there’s a lot of really sharp edges on the bottom, where the stand is. I found out later, had that been an incomplete pass, that would have went down like 80 feet [into the Hillsborough River]. I’m so happy that [tight end] Cam [Brate caught it].”
At least he had the sense to heave it toward a boat occupied by receivers. The best part of the video, though, may have been the reasoned shout by his daughter, Vivi, just before he uncorked the pass.
“That’s my little 8-year-old daughter, ‘Daddy, no’,” Brady said. “Who could imagine that an 8-year-old girl would have the most sense of anybody in that whole area? I mean, she’s the voice of reason. Go figure.”
Of course, Brady has won the trophy more often than any other player, so maybe he’s entitled to a little leeway. In another viral video of the parade, Brady wobbled onto terra firma from his boat, a consequence of tequila, the hot Florida sun and deficient sea legs. Also, tequila.
““It was definitely a moment of celebration. I’m happy I’m on land at that point, absolutely,” he said. “I’m happy I’m being surrounded by my fellow quarterback Griff [Ryan Griffin] at the right place at the right time. Who could have a friend better than that? Making sure I was just so comfortable walking off the boat like that.”
Brady also confirmed that he underwent knee surgery in the weeks after the Super Bowl. Coach Bruce Arians had described his quarterback as needing “a little cleanup” in his left knee, on which he had reconstructive surgery in 2008.
Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen told Tampa Bay. com that Brady “was not 100 percent, no,” Christensen said. “Bothering him? That would be too strong of a term. But it just nagged him, I think. It was more of a hassle than pain.”
Arians has since revealed that Brady should be ready by June.
“I actually had knee surgery, so I’m kind of rehabbing now,” Brady told Corden, “which is giving me something to do. I’d much rather be staying active like I normally do.”
Brady, who will turn 44 in August, admitted that his wife, Gisele Bündchen, wondered when he would decide that enough was enough in the first moments after the Buccaneers’ win last month. “Just as I [hugged her], she said, ‘What more do you have to prove?’ … I was trying to figure out a way to change the subject really quick. … I think I moved on to something else pretty quickly.”
He did the same thing with Christensen, ringing him up the morning after the Super Bowl. “He said, ‘Hey, I didn’t see you after the game. I just wanted to tell you thanks and what a great journey and how much I appreciated everything you did,’” Christensen said.
“The second thing he said: ‘I was just sitting here thinking, and I think we can really be better next year. I think we’re going to be a better team.’ He was already excited about the next year. It’s amazing. That’s how his mind works.”
Brady also never forgets, as he showed when Corden egged him on with a question about whether he could play in the NFL.
“Being completely honest, you have zero chance. Zero,” Brady said. “I think you’re so talented. I mean, you can’t be great at everything.”
“But I could play for the Jets?” Corden inquired.
“You might be able to play for the Jets. You’re right about that.”