FOXBORO, MA — Not much has changed about Tom Brady in his old age (the Pats QB turns 41 on Friday), certainly not his play on the field or even his appearance. But teammate Rob Gronkowski detects one difference. Brady- Gronk says- used to be meaner.
“He used to be mean to me,” Gronkowski smiled when asked about how Brady has changed over the years.
Brady has a notorious temper when things don’t go right on the field. It’s very hard to get inside his circle of trust as a receiver, and even when you do, you’re not entirely safe from his wrath.
“I would say, probably back in the day, he was probably a little more on you if you didn’t get it right, a little bit more in your face. But he’s going on 41 now, I feel like he backed off on that a little bit, which is nice.”
Asked to elaborate exactly how Brady was mean Gronk replied, “He just was.”
All that aside Gronk, along with everyone else continues to marvel at how dedicated and focused the reigning NFL MVP remains now in his 19th NFL season.
“It’s just unreal, it’s remarkable. You just learn from him. You want to get taught from him,” said Gronkowski. “You want to be on the same chemistry as him out on the field, because he knows where you need to be. He knows talent around him, he knows guys around him, he’s seen talent from the last 15-to-20 years on. So when he has something to say, something to correct, you have to listen.”
And from a physical standpoint, Gronk continues to be astounded just how good Brady looks.
“At age 41, there are coaches younger than him on the roster. And he looks younger than the coaches. Just the way he’s moving, just [how] reliable he is at times, is just unbelievable and something to look up to.”
As for what Gronk plans to get Brady for his 41st birthday…he’s not telling.
“Yeah, it’s a secret,” Gronk said playfully. “I do kinda want to say, but I can’t . . . we would all get in trouble.”