Tom Brady Explains What Life Is Like in the NFL Offseason: ‘I’m Getting Reacquainted With the Dishwasher’

At 43 years old, Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Once the season ends, though, he becomes a regular person (kind of). Sure, he’s a millionaire many times over and lives in a multimillion-dollar mansion with a supermodel wife. But when the NFL season ends, the man who many consider to be the GOAT still has to get “reacquainted with the dishwasher.”

Tom Brady wins another Super Bowl ring

Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hugs his daughter Vivian celebrating their Super Bowl LV victory during the 2021 boat parad
Tom Brady and his daughter Vivian celebrate his Super Bowl LV victory | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

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The 2020 season was a weird one for everyone. But it was even weirder for Brady as he put on a uniform other than the Patriots for the first time in his NFL career.

In his first season with the Buccaneers, details Pro Football Reference, Brady led the team to an 11-5 record while throwing for 4,633 yards, with 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Despite finishing second in the AFC South, Brady led the Bucs to the second Super Bowl title in franchise history, beating the Chiefs for the Lombardi Trophy.

In an interview with James Corden, Brady admitted the Bucs didn’t gel right away after being “thrust” into things, and they didn’t really hit their stride until the postseason. Then, he said, they “had the pedal on the metal” and they continued to improve right up until Super Bowl LV.

What Tom Brady does in the offseason

When Corden asked Brady what he does in the offseason, the seven-time Super Bowl winner responded that wife Gisele Bündchen gives him a list of things he has to get done, including making breakfast, that she does for the months that he is playing football.

Now that he’s out of “in-season mode,” as he calls it, and is no longer training and working seven days a week, Brady jokes that he is “getting reacquainted with the dishwasher, where the broom is, where the vacuum is.” 

What NFL players typically do in the offseason

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The offseason isn’t just a time for players to catch up on chores and other things they need to do around the house. For football players, in particular, the offseason is when they get a chance to try to rehab some injuries — minor or major — that they suffered during the season, which can often include going under the knife and having surgery.

Brady told Corden that he had knee surgery after the Super Bowl, which he is “kind of rehabbing now,” which he says is giving him something to do even though he’d rather “be staying active” like he normally does. In addition to surgery and taking care of nagging injuries, NFL players spend a lot of time in the offseason training and working on their conditioning.

A player doesn’t just focus on his training regimen when training camp starts in the summer and slack off after his team’s season ends. Training and conditioning are things that football players have to work on year-round, even if the offseason.

Teams can give players an exercise plan to follow or they can develop one of their own, but players don’t spend the offseason just laying in a hammock relaxing for six months. They are working to stay in shape and at the top of their game for when the next season begins. The better conditioned they are, the more they can try to prevent injuries on the gridiron and the better they can play.