New England Patriots fans can relive happier times with these late night clips featuring Tom Brady.
As if things couldn’t get any stranger, Tom Brady is leaving the New England Patriots. In the grand scheme of things, a quarterback changing teams isn’t all that important. But we are also in a time where people are desperate for a distraction and small bit of escapism. Late night television can always help when it comes to that.
Brady took to Instagram and Twitter today to announce that his “football journey” would continue outside of the Patriots’ organization. It ends months, if not years, of speculation about how Brady’s time in New England would end.
You can find more coverage and analysis on the Brady saga at FanSided and Musket Fire. But chances are that Patriots fans are especially in need of some help. Even if you saw it coming or wanted it to happen, it can’t be easy to witness the end of Brady’s 20 year run in Foxborough.
You could watch highlights from Super Bowl wins, game-winning drives, and parades. Here at last Night On, we specialize in late night television so that’s the angle we’re taking. It’s a nice reminder that Patriots fans loved Brady off the field just as much as on it.
Brady became a media sensation and a pop culture icon when he won his first Super Bowl title in 2001. Add in five more championships, a supermodel wife, and a lifestyle brand, and it’s easy to see why Brady continues popping up on late night. Here are some of his best moments.
Saturday Night Live
Tom Brady hosted Saturday Night Live for the first and only time in April 2005. It was just a couple months after the New England Patriots defeated the Philadelphia Eagles for Brady’s third Super Bowl victory.
It also served as one of Brady’s early tastes of life in the entertainment industry. He had previously lent his voice to The Simpsons while also appearing on MadTV and The Late Show with David Letterman.
It wasn’t exactly the most memorable episode in SNL history. However, it was a clear indication of Brady’s starpower and cemented his status as the face of the NFL.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
At this stage in his life, Brady’s diet regime is legendary. He has made an entire second career out of the “TB12 Method,” selling supplements and a cookbook.
His dedication to the lifestyle was put to the test on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. First he was challenged to eat a strawberry for the first time in his life. And then Colbert asked about Brady’s reputation for chugging beers in his earlier days.
Brady proved he could still step up to the plate. True, Colbert may not have been the best competition compared to NFL players. But as always, Brady just played who was on the schedule and did what he had to do to win.
The news of Brady leaving the Patriots comes on St. Patrick’s Day. A lot of fans in New England may want to have a few extra beers to help with the news, making this clip all the more appropriate.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel may be the biggest sports fan among late night television hosts. His show typically has more athletes than any other and has celebrated fans with a few special editions of “Mean Tweets.”
There are also a number of celebrities out in Hollywood with ties to Boston. Mark Wahlberg, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon are all synonymous with Boston and have not been shy about sharing the fandom.
So given Damon’s dedication to the Patriots and Tom Brady, it cut extra deep when Kimmel used the legendary quarterback as a weapon in his feud. The clip has amassed over 12 million views since it debuted in May 2019, making it Brady’s most popular contribution to late night.
As a native of Boston, it was a big moment for Conan O’Brien when he was able to get Tom Brady to join him for an edition of “Clueless Gamer.” Days before the Patriots and Falcons faced off in Super Bowl LI, Brady played defensive end Dwight Freeney in “For Honor.”
Brady showed of his calm, cool, and collected demeanor while playing. He got off to a rough start but finished strong. Maybe it was foreshadowing the Patriots comeback win over the Falcons. Or maybe it’s really hard to learn a video game on the fly when surrounded by Conan O’Brien and cameras.
Easier said than done, but it’s time to start to process of moving on from Tom Brady. Hopefully these clips take a little bit of the sting away for New England Patriots fans. Which highlight was your favorite? Did we miss one? Let us know in the comment section and keep checking Last Night On for more from late night television.