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Tom Brady: From NFL to Movies and TV, Making Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

Tom Brady: de los campos de la NFL al cine y la televisión por cientos de millones de dólares

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For many, he is the “GOAT” of the NFL, the Greatest of All Time. But the enormous ambition of Tom Brady, back in the competition after backing out of retirement, is looking for new fields to conquer, and now he has set his sights on film and television, where he signed a contract to be an analyst when he retires worth 375 million dollars.

Less than a month after revealing his intention —later canceled— to leave the NFL, Brady announced in February that he would make his Hollywood debut with the comedy “Eighty for Brady.”

Based on actual events, this Paramount film will tell the story of four women, all of retirement age, who are huge New England Patriots fans and embark on a road trip to see Brady and his team win the Super Bowl in 2017

Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno, Lily Tomlin, and Sally Field will play the unlikely quartet, while Brady will play himself.

It seems that Brady, who thus follows on the big screen in the footsteps of other sports stars such as Michael Jordan or LeBron James, also wanted to surround himself with the best in his film debut.

For example, Jane Fonda has two Oscars in her showcase, and Rita Moreno is one of only 17 people in history to have won an “EGOT” (winning at least one Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony).

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback will not only be an actor in this film but also a producer since, in Hollywood, there is usually more money to be made behind the cameras than in front of them.

To boost his film debut, the quarterback has employed 199 Productions, the audiovisual production company he launched in 2020 and named after the position Brady was picked in the draft.

It is not the only production company he has; he also co-founded Religion of Sports, specializing in sports documentaries.

Returning to 199 Productions, this company has other projects underway, such as “Greatest Roasts of All Time,” a comedy space for Netflix in which, following the popular American format of the “roast,” a group of celebrities will get together to ridicule —constantly from a humorous point of view— a celebrity who in this case will be Brady.

Netflix’s announcement already made it clear that they will spare no ammunition to make fun of Brady. In their press release, they defined him —without mentioning his 7 Super Bowl wins— as a “fan of avocado ice cream, a sixth-round draft pick and husband of Gisele Bündchen.”

A millionaire analyst

Aside from these incursions into comedy, Brady also aspires to combine his audiovisual interests with his expert knowledge of the NFL, which is why he signed on with the Fox network in May to become a sports analyst once he retires from soccer.

According to The New York Post, Brady will be paid $375 million for a 10-year contract by Fox.

When Brady said he had “an unfinished job” when communicating that he was returning to the NFL, it doesn’t appear that his decision had much to do with money.

Brady appeared in ninth place on Forbes’ 2022 list of the highest-paid athletes with $83.9 million ($52 million of that was from business outside his player income).

As a sample, the quarterback has sponsors such as the Under Armour clothing brand or the cryptocurrency exchange company FTX; he has companies such as TB12 (about nutrition and sports) or BRADY (fashion); and lately, he has focused his activity as a businessman on Autograph, a platform focused on NFTs (non-fungible token) of sports stars.

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