Tom Brady may be the greatest football player of all time, but football is a team sport. As Tom puts it, he’s nothing without the guys around him. So, Tom takes some of his closest teammates to Yellowstone for a brotherhood bonding experience aka “Gladiator Camp.” But even on vacation, the training never stops.
For Tom Brady, football is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. This episode puts us inside Tom’s head, revealing just how cerebral football really is for him. Despite all of Tom’s preparation, the Patriots narrowly lose their fourth game, bringing their record to 2-2. But Tom also has a young family at home that wants his attention win or lose. He has no time to wallow in failure both for his family’s sake – and because there is another game just a week away.
Coming off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is already looking ahead to next season. This premiere episode offers an intimate look inside Tom’s unique, well honed training process – and his drive for perfection – heading into the 2017 NFL season.
For his follow-up to the acclaimed Religion of Sportsseries, documentary filmmaker Gotham Chopra turns his attention to superstar quarterback Tom Brady in Tom vs. Time, a six-part series exclusively on Facebook Watch. In collaborating with Brady, Chopra gained intimate access to the five-time Super Bowl champion, capturing content with him across the United States and beyond, to China and Costa Rica. In this Q&A, Chopra tells us about the making of the series, from the earliest discussions about the project with the famously guarded quarterback, to him eventually signing on, and a look behind the curtain of Brady’s complex world.
Q: You grew up in Boston as a massive Patriots fan. How hard was it to put your fandom aside in working with Tom Brady?
Chopra:It was impossible. I met him for the first time in 2012 at his home in the Los Angeles hills and I had to keep it together. For any Boston sports fans who grew up with the embarrassment of the Patriots in the 1980s and ’90s, he’s basically synonymous with them becoming winners. But we became closer as he helped me make Religion of Sports, of which he is an executive producer.
How did you finally convince him to become the subject of a whole series?
Several years ago, I worked with Kobe Bryant on a documentary project called Kobe Bryant’s Muse. While working on that, I shared anecdotes with Tom and pestered him: “We should be doing this with you.” This lasted years! […]
After workshopping the idea for five years, Gotham Chopra finally saw his Religion of Sports series debut in the fall of 2016 on the Audience Network. Its original six-episode run was a journey of the power of sports as passion – almost literally a religion for people on every continent on earth. Six more episodes followed a year later. Now, Chopra has pulled in Tom Brady and Michael Strahan as co-founders in Religion of Sports, the media company, and the team has bigger plans. In January, Tom vs. Time – an unprecedented look behind the scenes of the life of Tom Brady – debuted on Facebook Watch. Here, Chopra talks about the origins of Religion of Sports, some of his favorite moments and what lies ahead for the media business.
Q: Where did the idea behind Religion of Sportscome from?
Chopra: I feel like it’s my life! My parents were immigrants from India and I was the first of my family to be born outside of South Asia. I grew up in Boston and sports for me was sort of the classic cultural assimilation. My parents knew nothing about it and really only paid attention when I played sports in school. I totally bought into sports being such a fabric of the culture in the Northeast. I grew up a huge Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox fan.
The “religion” part really came out of my upbringing. My father was a Western-trained physician who came to the United States in […]