A look at Brady’s letter:
Dear Coach Belichick,
Everybody is speculating about why I am no longer with the New England Patriots. Some say there was tension between us, that we both have big egos.
That’s all true, of course. We both love ourselves lavishly.
In case there’s any doubt in your mind, let me assure you that I don’t like you personally. You’re not warm. You’re easy not to like. Ask Gronk. Ask anybody. You never fully appreciated me even after all the insane number of hours I put into the organization to win those six Super Bowls.
Yes, I’m bitter you didn’t give me more credit for that unprecedented achievement. But it’s deeper than just that. Being around you is like being around a dead mule stench and all. You don’t uplift people. You bring people down with your cold fish approach to interpersonal relationships. You’re a wet blanket raided by roaches.
I don’t like you. Gronk doesn’t either, obviously. Edelman will find his way to Tampa Bay to join us. It’s only a matter of time before I recruit every good player on the Patriots to play for my team.
I’m beating the master chess player and chess. Must eat at you, especially losing to me, The Greatest of All Time.
But let’s put all that aside and get to the real reasons I left your team. They have never been revealed and I think we should get this out in the open so people stop speculating and spreading rumors that aren’t true.
The reasons I left your team revolve around fictitious trusting relationships and outdated sociological theories.
Let’s tackle the first reason: I have met a guy I can trust better than anyone I could trust in your organization. You know him. You’ve read his blogs such as the one when you were getting a rub down with Mr. Kraft and read about me being in Seattle working out for the now-defunct Seattle Dragons. His name is Sammy Sportface.
I left to spend more time giving sports scoops to Sportface. The guy is as reliable as he is unknown and mentally bent. You can count on him to tell your story the way you want it to be told but in a way that is inconsistent. He doesn’t embellish. He doesn’t lie. He doesn’t make stuff up. He’s honorable, much more so than you ever were to me.
The second reason relates to the first reason. I needed more time to read Sportface’s Baby Boomer Brotherhood Blog. If I stayed with the Patriots, you would have been so demanding of me that you would have not allowed me to spend a few hours each day reading Sportface’s blogs and then commenting on them with Rudy and Spoog.
Bruce Arians is a more laid-back guy. In my interview for the QB for his team, I had it written into my contract that I could read Sportface’s blogs for at least one hour every day. He agreed to this condition although he didn’t understand why. He doesn’t get the Sportface phenomenon but’s that’s only because he hasn’t read him yet. He will. Everybody will. Sooner or later.
There are so many other reasons I left. One is the need to feel self-actualized. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, every human being aspires to the highest level of fulfillment, which is to achieve self-actualization.
To be self-actualized is to feel profoundly content with your contributions to the world and how much you have connected and realized your calling on Earth. This is much higher on the scale than meeting basic human needs such as providing food for oneself.
With the Patriots I never felt self-actualized. Sure I had enough to eat and a beautiful wife. But you never made me feel that my life was fully complete, that I had achieved the ultimate feelings of ecstasy that Maslow says we all crave and strive for innately.
Consider Sportface. Read one of his blogs. That cat is the poster boy for self-actualization.
Being in Tampa Bay, where I can go to the beach a lot more often than in Boston, I will be able to hang out in the sand, take in the sunshine, and feel fully actualized that I was the primary reason the Pats won six Super Bowls — not you.
As I dive into the aquamarine-colored Gulf Coast ocean, I will let the water cool and soothe my skin several times a week. It will be warmer there. Things will be more relaxed. You won’t be around. That alone makes me feel self-actualized.
Things were never relaxed on your team. And when people aren’t relaxed, they can’t self-actualize. Maslow said so.
I could give you 20 more reasons why I left and many center on your inability to connect with anyone emotionally.
But I’ll share just one more. I left to prove to the world that I could win a Super Bowl without you as my coach.
Now that I’ve stolen Gronk from you, we’re well on our way. Best of luck replacing me as your quarterback and Gronk as you tight end. You lost two first-ballot Hall of Famers.
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