Tom Brady and Dak Prescott Jan 16, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) meet after the wild card game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady has yet to work his first game as an NFL analyst but he’s already making headlines for his commentary.

After rampant speculation that Brady might try to escape from his $375 million contract to join Fox as its top NFL analyst, the legendary former quarterback now appears committed to the original plan.

Fox NFL Sunday analyst Michael Strahan and Brady appeared Monday at an advertising industry meeting to promote the network. Strahan revealed Brady’s first game as an NFL analyst will be for the Dallas Cowboys-Cleveland Browns matchup in Week 1.

Brady responded with some obligatory “This is going to be great” talk, then veered into what many fans considered unfair criticism aimed at Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.

“Obviously having the Cowboys on is a huge draw, as America’s team,” Brady said. “That’s gonna get a little hard for me to say that all the time. I understand. They were the competition for a long time but in this new role, I know the Cowboys, how important they are to this network. They’ve got great storylines. Come on, Dak Prescott, let’s see if he can finally come through.”

At that point, the crowd began buzzing, and seconds later Brady realized he’d just slighted the oft-maligned Prescott.

“Did that just slip out?” Brady asked.

If Brady is going to be that unfiltered in the broadcast booth, he’ll be highly entertaining … and controversial. Granted, Prescott has been a frequent target of criticism in recent years, but he has also put up big numbers. In fact, Prescott and the Cowboys sent Brady home a loser in his last NFL game, as the QB threw for more than 300 yards, with four passing TDs and a rushing score.

Brady may not have realized how that remark would come across, but fans quickly clarified that for him. Yet other fans thought Brady hit the target with that comment.


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