BOSTON (CBS) — When the announcement was made last week that Tom Brady will be featured in a nine-part documentary titled “Man In The Arena,” the instant and obvious reaction from the sports world was that the project was created as a copy of Michael Jordan’s “The Last Dance.” The producer of Brady’s project would like to clear that up.

Speaking to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, producer Gotham Chopra said that Brady’s ESPN documentary will be about chronicling the most successful career of all time by a player still active and involved in the game, unlike with Jordan and his two decades of separation.

“It’s not Tom Brady’s Last Dance,” Chopra told Breer. “It’s not that. That may or may not exist 20 years from now, I don’t know. There’s this sort of immediacy to this. … The premise [of The Last Dance] was telling stories about the seasons, whereas [Brady’s], it does feel a little bit more real time. Tom continues to be an active player. So the idea is, ‘O.K., let’s talk about these nine seasons, this incredible body of work across 20 years, and how it’s still sort of affecting him.’ … Tom’s kind of, just when you’re talking to him, it’s still very fresh, because he’s still processing a lot of things that may have happened across a season.”

Chopra told Breer that some of the less celebratory matters of Brady’s career — Spygate, Deflategate, his depature from New England, etc. — will be covered.

“I’ve never found with Tom where he says, ‘Dude, I’m not talking about that.’ He’s very candid and willing to speak about stuff,” Chopra told Breer.

Perhaps most interesting to Patriots fans, the interviews will seek to get inside the mind of Brady during his final three years as a Patriot, going from the low of losing Super Bowl LII, to the high of winning Super Bowl LIII, to the uncertainty in 2019 that ultimately led to the end of his career in New England.

“He was just a very different person. He had a perspective going into [Super Bowl LIII vs. the Rams]. He was reminiscing about the prior season and everything he’d learned across that season, across that Super Bowl, in losing that game. He was like, Trust me, tomorrow, I’ll be ready. He’d managed to really almost encode himself with the failure of the prior year, and it had given him some perspective going into this game. And again, it was very different.

“What he told me about that Eagles loss, it was dealing with it as a father, dealing with it as a husband. He was a very different person than with the Giants losses, he had a different perspective that I think poised him for that game. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s really interesting how a guy who’s still at it is learning like that.’ Because he’s like Jordan, he’s incomparable. There’s no one else who has that story, has that perspective.”

  1. Rob Young says:

    Please check into, and report on, the proof that the movie about Deflategate ( and nearly all public accounts have the key facts wrong. The NFL was NOT confused about the gas law on game night and did NOT do a sloppy job in gathering data on game day. The gauges were NOT erratic. On game night the NFL investigators just didn’t understand their own 2006 rule change that made it appropriate for the Patriots’ balls to be “down” 2 psi when the Colts’ balls were only down 1.5 psi, relative to the normal 13. They had no clue that night that the Patriots balls were approved with 12.5 psi while the Colts had 13. So they didn’t realize on that night that both teams’ balls had lost the same amount of pressure after the pregame inspection.

    By the time the NFL figured it out, they were too committed to penalizing the Patriots, so they framed them. The NFL falsely pretended that nobody checked the balls for both teams during the first two minutes of halftime before the balls had warmed up by different amounts. At that time the Patriots balls really were “down 2 psi”. All the data in the NFL report is from a second set of measurements made much later. The leaks to the press were true. The later denials were not. The NFL hid lots of witness testimony and lab data, and ran simulations sneakily depicting events contrary to what the witnesses say happened.

    And yet the truth can be proven because the NFL report left behind too many breadcrumbs and because Ted Wells accidentally revealed during the appeal hearing crucial information that his report-writing team had cleverly edited out of the report. All the clues in the report about the measurements on the intercepted ball by the NFL were wrong. Wrong person, wrong time, wrong gauge, wrong place. This isn’t the kind of thing that happens by accident. This is all proven, using the NFL’s own data, in the book “Catching the Accusers” ( but it’s never been reported on.

    Even if Brady’s new venture, ReligionOfSports,com, gets this info, it likely better suits their business purposes to fan the religious controversy between Patriots Nation and most other fans than to resolve the matter using the facts.

    Getting the truth out can have surprising real-word consequences in passing the FAIR act, preventing companies from using arbitration agreements to hide stuff. Live can be saved by better learning the lessons about how science-for-hire firms go about letting companies get away with shirking their safety responsibilities. The movie “Four Games In Fall” had that mission but wasn’t very effective because it missed the big stuff.

    Please reach out to me for details.

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