Tom Brady’s trip to each of his nine Super Bowls with the New England Patriots will be the subject of an ESPN series next year.
The nine-episode series, entitled ‘The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady,’ features a look from Brady’s perspective at the six NFL titles and three Super Bowl defeats of which he was a part. It should be a rare opportunity for revealing revelations from the mostly private quarterback who left New England after 20 seasons this year and is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The series is produced by ESPN, 199 Productions (Brady’s production company) and Gotham Chopra of Religion of Sports.
“Through the series, we define the key moments and challenges that were seemingly insurmountable, but through hard work and perseverance, became triumphant for the career, both in victory and defeat,” said Brady.
Brady has won more Super Bowls than anyone and remains a bona fide NFL star at the age of 42. Unlike Peyton Manning, his contemporary for much of his career and the quarterback he is most often compared to, Brady is normally reluctant to provide information behind the scenes.
Connor Schell, Executive Vice President for Content from ESPN and one of the creators of the network’s 30 for 30 series, believes that Brady has a source of memories worth telling.
“Having a personal account and an athlete at Tom’s level who doesn’t often give a first-hand account can make for a remarkable series,” said Schell.
Schell points to Chopra’s narrative skills as an important factor in making Brady’s experiences appealing to fans – even the legions that have generally made the Patriots a despised franchise outside the New England base.
“It really is a tribute to Gotham that he was able to win that level of trust, so Tom is willing to share his stories,” said Schell, noting that Chopra brought the project to ESPN. “We love these projects where these elements come together, and we can give fans not only a good story, but something they haven’t seen before.”
The episodes are expected to be based on Brady’s reflections and will have different voices and prospects than his.
Schell added that ESPN is “thinking about how the genre evolves and new ways to tell these stories and new hooks.” And access to Tom Brady is unique. ‘
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