Tom Brady documentary ‘Man in the Arena’ coming to ESPN in 2021
98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
Tom Brady is coming out with another documentary series, and this one is bigger than ever.
As first reported by Deadline, ESPN has teamed up with the former Patriots quarterback to produce a nine-part documentary series, titled Man in the Arena, set for release in 2021. Watch above for the trailer, via Brady’s Twitter account.
Man in the Arena is co-produced by ESPN, Brady’s new company 199 Productions, and Religion of Sports with Gotham Chopra. The latter recently collaborated with Brady for the Tom vs. Time documentary series that was released on Facebook Watch in 2018.
Brady is expected to cover all nine of his Super Bowl appearances with the Patriots in the nine-part series, as well as “smaller, seemingly insignificant instances that became pivotal events and paved the path of the future Hall of Famer’s journey, which takes a new chapter after his move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”
The title Man in the Arena refers to a quote by U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. In a speech called “Citizenship in a Republic” delivered April 23, 1910, Roosevelt famously said:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
Brady referenced the quote on Twitter, saying he first saw it painted on the weight room wall at the University of Michigan. He referred to the quote as “a constant reminder to ignore the noise, buckle my chinstrap, and battle through whatever comes my way.”
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