Tom Brady is considered the greatest quarterback of all-time–and he’s not too bad as a late night TV star either
Over the past two decades, there hasn’t been a bigger star in the NFL than Tom Brady. Whether as the quarterback of the New England Patriots or Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady has commanded the spotlight through championship run after championship run. It’s no surprise that late night TV has also put Brady front and center.
You can find coverage and analysis on Tom Brady’s career all over FanSided and Musket Fire. But for a look at Brady off the field, late night television offers a pretty good glimpse into his personality and sense of humor.
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.
Tom Brady on Saturday Night Live
Tom Brady hosted Saturday Night Live for the first and only time in April 2005. It was just a couple of 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 star power and cemented his status as the face of the NFL.
Tom Brady on 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 Stephen 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 came on St. Patrick’s Day. A lot of fans in New England probably had a few extra beers to help with the news, making this clip all the more appropriate.
Tom Brady on 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.
Tom Brady on Conan
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.
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