One retired champion turned commentator is offering guidance to the most recent in line.

During an Outkick interview, Joe Theismann advised Tom Brady to remain authentic as he steps into the broadcast studio.

“Embrace your Tom Brady persona, don’t attempt to emulate someone else. … In my opinion, this would be the most significant and worthwhile tip,” Theismann expressed.


Joe Theismann is extending a helping hand to the next, and possibly most significant, quarterback to transition into a commentator role. AP

Theismann also advised Brady to exercise caution in not excessively delving into narrative details.

“Be the individual with profound insights on the sport and then allow the game to narrate itself,” Theismann supplemented. “Spruce it up slightly, but avoid narrating the story — let the game do that.”

The 74-year-old Theismann competed for Washington from 1974-1985 before his career met a dramatic end with a broken leg inflicted by the renowned Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

Throughout his playing tenure, Theismann was honored with the MVP title in 1983 and steered Washington to their inaugural Lombardi Trophy at the culmination of that season.

Subsequently,Theismann transitioned to broadcasting, eventually teaming up with Frank Gifford to announce Super Bowl 19 at the conclusion of the 1984 season even while still an active player.

In the end, Theismann was employed by CBS and ESPN for their renditions of “Sunday Night Football” and “Monday Night Football,” with his last on-air appearance dating back to 2011.


Tom Brady’s $375 million, 10-year deal with Fox commences this season. Getty Images

The much-anticipated debut of Brady as a color commentator is generating significant buzz, given his immense charisma and prominent position in the sport.

The seven-time winner of the Super Bowl will be partnering with Kevin Burkhardt on Fox’s top broadcast team, taking over for former NFL tight end Greg Olsen.

Olsen, who joined the booth in 2021, quickly won over football enthusiasts with his knack for simplifying complex ideas, integrating sophisticated analytics, and making accurate predictions.

While attending the UFL Championship alongside Curt Menefee and Joel Klatt on June 17, Brady was met with boos from fans in St. Louis.

Given Brady’s recent active status in 2022, his recognition as the greatest player of all time, and his extensive ties within the league, it will be intriguing to observe how effectively he balances impartiality with praising everyone on air.

Brady’s initial exposure to regular-season NFL commentary will occur in Week 1 in Cleveland, where the Browns will be hosting the Dallas Cowboys.