FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The final episode of "Tom vs. Time" was released on Monday, and it is titled "The End Game." Producer/director Gotham Chopra had previously said the hope was to chronicle the euphoria of a Super Bowl triumph, but what resulted instead was an introspective, raw, emotion-filled episode highlighted by what New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady describes as a "crash landing."
It ends with Brady saying, "It’s a big commitment. I’m sitting here, laying here three days after the year getting my Achilles worked on and my thumb, and you go, ‘What are we doing this for? Who are we doing this for? Why are we doing this?’ You got to have the answers to those questions, and they have to be with a lot of conviction. When you lose your conviction, then you probably should be doing something else.”
The essence of "Tom vs. Time" has been how Brady balances an all-in commitment to football and his family life.
His wife, Gisele Bundchen, is naturally a big part of it.
Toward the end of the final episode, she says, "These last two years have been very challenging for him, in so many ways. I think he tells me, ‘I love it so much and I just want to go to work and feel appreciated and have fun.’"
Earlier, comparing this most recent Super Bowl loss to the previous two, Bundchen says, "He's been much better this time than the other times."
Brady himself says, "This offseason is going to be about my family. They deserve it. There is more to think about than just me. I think that's what you commit to when you have a family. They commit a lot to me. That obviously goes both ways."
A few other soundbites of note from Brady from "The End Game":
AFC Championship Game comeback: “One of the great wins I think we’ve ever had.”
Late in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl: “It was a five-point game with a chance to win the Super Bowl with 2:20 left. I mean, I thought we were going to go down and score. I thought we were going to win the game. The drive got started, we gained yards, and it was a second-down play and it happened so quick. I’ve thought about that play 500 times in five days: ‘God, what should I have done?’ It’s easy when you look back. But football is the blink of an eye. That’s what you got to live with the rest of your life.”
Consoling his children after the Super Bowl: “That’s probably one of the best moments I’ve had as a parent, because you really feel like you’re parenting. It speaks to growing up. But you wake up the next day, and your life moves on. The kids are on their iPad and they need to be fed, and you have to get on with your life.”
What he felt like six days after the Super Bowl: “It’s always tough when the season ends. It’s always a crash landing. There is no way to spend 10-12 hours a day doing something, seven days a week, for five or six months -- that becomes your routine and your rhythm -- and it ends. It’s nice to be able to be home and help the kids off to school. It’s been fun to be able to see them come home, put them to bed. But, you know, I’m not quite in the rhythm of the offseason yet. ... You realize that with time, the emotion will go away. You still have certain feelings and emotion toward the game, but the rawness of what happened will go away. We didn’t get the outcome we wanted. I gave everything I had. I gave my best effort. We were just a couple plays short.”
A new experience with Tom vs. Time: “I’ve really enjoyed it. I think it’s been a great experience for me to try something different. I think when you get out of your comfort zone, you stretch, you reach in different directions -- and you know what feels comfortable and what’s not so comfortable. I also realize I’m a lot closer to the end than I am the beginning. And you don’t know when you’re going to get opportunities again. You have to kind of go all-in, and you’re accessible, when you commit to something. And I think there’s a time where you need the boundaries to say, ‘Look, this is where my ultimate focus is.’ If you lose a particular game, you don’t want to feel like there was anything that ever chipped away at your focus or energy. I just wanted to make sure I was really cognizant of that."
Personal growth in 2017: “When you think about the game, you think about the loss. When you think about the season, you think about the successes. When you think about the year, you think about everything; it’s another year in your life where you have an opportunity to do something you love to do, and you grow in ways you couldn’t have if you were doing something else.”