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Tom Brady is getting ready to take the next step in his NFL career. The seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback will be the No. 1 NFL analyst for Fox Sports and call games with Kevin Burkhardt this fall. Brady will replace Greg Olsen who played in the NFL from 2007 to 2020. Olsen earned praise for his work in the booth, winning a Sports Emmy Award last year for Most Outstanding Personality/Emerging On-Air Talent. Can Brady have the same success?

Since Brady does not have any broadcasting experience, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him struggle in the early stages of his career. But the 46-year-old seems committed to being the best NFL sportscaster, learning from multiple people in the industry.

“Spoke to a lot of broadcasters from this entire season, just learning from the people, current broadcasters, ones that have done play-by-play, analysis,” Brady said on The Pat McAfee Show in January, per The Sporting News. “It’s been really fun. I’ve connected with a lot of fun people. I’ve got great notes. I could probably write a broadcasting playbook at this point. But it’s been something that I’ve really challenged myself, and I really look forward to getting on there and calling games for Fox starting in September.”

In 2022, it was reported that Fox Sports will pay Brady around $375 million over 10 years, making him the highest paid sports commentator in history. That’s a lot of money for a person who has never done the job before, but Brady’s accomplishments over his 23-year career is the reason Fox Sports wanted him on the team. With Brady playing in 10 Super Bowls, winning five Super Bowl MVPs, and being the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, he looks to bring that experience to viewers each week.

When it comes down to it, Brady does not need to be the next John Madden because that’s asking a lot from him or any NFL analyst. Madden, who died in December 2021, was the standard and won multiple Emmys for his work. As long as Brady is engaging and brings a unique perspective to the broadcast each week, he will have a chance to do some special things with his new team.


Brian Jones is a veteran sports and entertainment writer based in Atlanta, GA. He previously worked for and 247Sports and interviewed athletes and celebrities such as Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Eli Manning, Halle Berry, Drew Barrymore, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Nia Long, DJ Khaled and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Brian also wrote for Bleacher Report and his articles have appeared on CBS Sports, Athlon Sports and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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