Patriots great Rodney Harrison says ‘it’s great’ Tom Brady is skipping OTAs
Just like last year, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has elected to skip the voluntary portion of the team’s offseason workouts, and one of Brady’s former teammates — NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison — is just fine with it.
In an appearance of NBC Sports Boston’s Quick Slants podcast, Harrison believes Brady has more than earned a break from football to spend some quality time with his family.
“I think it’s great,” said Harrison per Tyler Sullivan of 247Sports. “I think at this point in time in his career, after all the years and all the levels of commitment that he’s shown that if he needs a break and he needs to spend his valuable time (with his family, he should).
“Tom Brady can’t be who Tom Brady is if he’s not at peace with himself. If he’s not spending time with his family, if he’s not making them breakfast, if he’s not waking up and taking them to the beach (he’s losing something) that’s very, very special and those are the things as an older player that you really value because you know you give up so much during the season.”
Obviously, Harrison is spot on. If there’s anyone in the league who can do without voluntary offseason workouts it’s 42-year-old Tom Brady. While he isn’t working out with the team, there’s no doubt he is still taking the utmost care of his body.
As Brady showed last season when he led the Patriots to another Super Bowl, he doesn’t really need to be at the voluntary workouts to be at his best. And when the calendar rolls around to the mandatory part of offseason preparation, you know he’ll be present and ready to get to work.