‘Self Critical’ Tom Brady Wishes He Had Fun Like Patrick Mahomes: “What the Hell Happened to Me”

Published 05/15/2024, 1:05 PM EDT

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Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady have often sparked debate in the NFL due to the comparison between them. With Mahomes clinching his third Super Bowl win and Brady continuing his dominance, fans keep pondering: Who’s the greater quarterback?

Tom Brady, often revered as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, revealed a more introspective side during a recent appearance on The Pivot Podcast. Brady’s comments shed light on his admiration for the youthful nature displayed by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes.

Tom Brady praised Patrick Mahomes

In the podcast, Tom Brady opened up about his admiration for Patrick Mahomes’s carefree attitude on the field. Brady confessed, “Okay, there’s a part of me that I actually still love when I see these young players, I see like Patrick out there at quarterback, running around, laughing, having fun. I’m like, I used to be like that. What the hell happened to me, you know?”

This candid statement reveals Brady’s self-reflection, wishing he could embrace the joy of the game as Mahomes does. Despite his success, Brady acknowledges becoming too serious over time. Tom’s comment also showcases the positive impression he has about the QB.

However, Patrick dreams of becoming the best quarterback in NFL history, but he knows he has a long journey ahead, especially to surpass his rival, Tom Brady. Patrick Mahomes recently appeared on the “Impaulsive” podcast with Logan Paul and guest host IShowSpeed. During the show, they talked about Mahomes’ thoughts on being considered the greatest of all time (GOAT) in the NFL. 

Patrick’s view on becoming GOAT after Brady

Mahomes said indicating Tom Brady, “Yeah for sure. I mean dude won seven Super Bowls played in 10, and has like every passing statistic record I mean it’s hard for him not to be considered the GOAT. I mean we all watched it growing up I mean he was winning Super Bowls every single year.” 

First, the 28-year-old recalled the time when Brady’s New England Patriots lost to the underdog New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Patrick admired how the Giants, an unlikely winner, managed to beat the highly favored Patriots. He was particularly fascinated by a play where Brady made a catch with the ball pressed against his helmet. 

Mahomes shared his admiration for Brady’s career and memorable moments. Despite his respect for Brady’s longevity, Mahomes emphasized in a recent TIME interview that his top priority remains his family, stating, “If I can play until Tom’s age, my daughter would be 19, 20 years old, I would love to play that long. At the same time, I want to be there for my daughter. If I feel like it’s taking away from my family time, that’s when I’ll know it’s time to go.” Therefore, whether Patrick can be the next GOAT, only the future will answer.


Written by:

Paramita Banik


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Paramita Banik is an NFL writer for EssentiallySports. She finds her inspiration in Deion Sanders and his journey with the Buffaloes. Beyond the Buffs, here storytelling skills stand out in her in-depth coverage of the league and compelling narratives of players' off-field journey.
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Tripti Sarda