Tom Brady has seven Super Bowl wins in the ten appearances he made, but no stats sheet reflects the work ethic and morale Brady brings to a team.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back LeSean McCoy gave insight into what it’s like being on the same team as Brady.
“Real talk, I played in Buffalo and I would play this dude every year, twice a year. I’d say, ‘When Brady leaves, the Patriots, they will not be as good.’ Everybody talks about this Belichick — and I respect Belichick, he’s a great coach — but c’mon, let’s stop that,” McCoy said on The Pat McAfee Show. “When [Brady] leaves that team, they will not be the same. The guy is different. You feed off of him. His energy.”
McCoy — who had been Brady’s opponent for longer than he was a teammate — said when a team has a guy like Brady, there’s a chance to win.
“The regular season, he was so serious. And then the playoffs, it was like the Terminator. He was even more serious, and then the championship week he was even more serious. Like, even the coaches have to be on their A-game because the dude demands so much respect. When he’s there, it’s like the championship habits pick up. The championship DNA picks up,” he said. “And I love Belichick, but they’re not the same team without [No.] 12 over there.”
McCoy said Brady’s leadership and the way he works is something he admires.
“He’s the only player that I’ve ever been around that, when he speaks, when he talks, I believe him,” he said. “He could tell me, ‘Shady, go walk on that water. You won’t drown.’ I’m going to be like, ‘OK.’ He has that type of thing about him … when I was younger, I wish I worked as hard as he does. He just won a Super Bowl, and he’s back training, doing little things.”