Whether on the field or off it, if Fox Sports has their way, Tom Brady will hit your screens this Super Bowl.
As the NFL season approaches Super Bowl LVII in Arizona, Fox is planning their coverage of the biggest game in American sport.
If all goes well for the network, Brady will be included in those plans — with Fox reportedly wanting the all-time greatest quarterback to kick off his analyst career this off-season.
“If he’s not in the game, I would expect Brady to be part of Fox’s Super Bowl coverage,” a source said. Front Office Sports. ‘Surely. I’d be very surprised if he isn’t.’
Fox Sports plans to bring Tom Brady on set for their Super Bowl coverage
According to reports, Fox is making multiple contingency plans to find out how, where and when Brady will appear in their coverage.
Plans range from taking him behind the desk at “Fox NFL Sunday,” the network’s pregame, halftime and postgame show.
More ambitious ideas include adding Brady to Fox’s No. 1 broadcast team of play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt and color commentator Greg Olsen.
Fox already has plans for Brady to join Burkhardt in the No. 1 position when the quarterback chooses to retire, with Olsen slipping back to a spot in the No. 2 position currently occupied by Daryl Johnston. Olsen’s play-by-play partner would likely be current No. 2 broadcaster Joe Davis.
One contingency plan gets Brady to the desk at ‘Fox NFL Sunday’ for Super Bowl LVII
Retiring doesn’t seem to be coming anytime soon for the seven-time Super Bowl champion, as he redoubled his intentions to stay in the sport earlier this year.
“I said last week that there is no immediate retirement in my future. There was a retirement in the past, but I’ve moved on from that,” Brady said on his SiriusXM radio show.
“I’ve made a commitment to this team, and I love this team, and I love this organization. I told them I was playing in March, and I’ve never quit anything in my life.’
Fox does not have a specific timeline for Brady to begin his sports casting career, while the company’s CEO, Lachlan Murdoch, tweeted at the time of the deal: “We are delighted that Tom has committed to join the Fox team.” and wish him all the best during this coming season.’
Brady’s contract with Fox doesn’t require or specify a retirement date, allowing him to join the news coverage when he decides to finally hang the cleats one last time.
The revelation of these plans comes just as Brady has officially completed a divorce from his now ex-wife and supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
The two issued similar statements, saying their separation was amicable and a mutual decision.
“This is of course painful and difficult, as it is for many people who experience the same thing every day around the world,” Brady posted on his Instagram story.
“But we only wish each other the best as we pursue new chapters in our lives that have yet to be written.”
Brady also struggles off the field, finalizing divorce with supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen Friday morning after 13 years of marriage
Gisele’s message echoed similar sentiments, saying her priority will be to focus on their children.
“The decision to end a marriage is never an easy one, but we have grown apart and while it is of course difficult to go through something like that, I feel blessed for the time we have had together and always wish Tom the best Bundchen said on Instagram.
Rumors of her dissatisfaction with Brady’s decision to return to football were widely circulated during the off-season and the start of the regular season.
She reportedly issued an ultimatum to Tom, saying that if he didn’t retire and disappear from the football field, she would leave him.
Giselle’s statement read in part: ‘The decision to end a marriage is never easy, but we have grown apart and although it is of course difficult… I feel blessed with the time we had together’
On that soccer field, the Buccaneers struggled a lot, dropping to a 3-5 record after losing to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night.
That loss marks three consecutive defeats for Tampa Bay, the first time Brady has suffered three consecutive defeats in 20 years.
Additionally, Brady is two games under .500 for the very first time in his NFL career. The last time he was in this position, he started 0-2 at the University of Michigan in 1998 as their starter.
Brady hopes to move beyond the losing side next week when they invite the Los Angeles Rams to Florida.
Brady’s Buccaneers also struggle on the field and lose to the Ravens to fall back to 3-5