ESPN has announced its latest documentary candidate, legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady. The network will air a nine-part documentary that follows his nine Super Bowl appearances.
Brady took to twitter to post a teaser trailer for his fans on Thursday, May 21. ESPN announced that the documentary will air in 2021 and will be titled, The Man in the Arena: Tom Brady.
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The quarterback stated that the title is from Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” speech. The speech was tapped up in his University of Michigan weight room and therefore served as constant motivation for Brady.
“It’s a constant reminder to ignore the noise, buckle my chinstrap, and battle through whatever comes my way,” Brady added.
The nine-part documentary will be a joint production between ESPN, Brady’s production company, 199 Productions, and Religion of Sports’ Gotham Chopra. The former was an executive producer in Tom’s 2018 six-part series titled, Tom vs. Time.
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Brady has won six of his nine Super Bowl appearances; the series will explore his victories as well as how he handled defeat.
“Through the series, we’re defining the key moments and challenges that were seemingly insurmountable, but through hard work and perseverance, became career-defining triumphs, in both victory and defeat,” said Brady.
ESPN’s executive vice president for content, Connor Schell stated that access to Brady would be what brings the series to life.
“To have personal firsthand accounts and an athlete at Tom’s level who doesn’t often give firsthand accounts can add up to a remarkable series,” Schell said.
ESPN’s The Last Dance documented Michael Jordan’s and the Chicago Bull’s rise throughout the ’90s. It has subsequently become the sports network’s most-watched documentary. Following this success, Brady’s series will be well received by sports fans around the world.