Tom Brady sat down for an interview with CNBC on Wednesday alongside Under Armour president and CEO Kevin Plank. No OTA on Wednesday meant Brady had an opportunity to discuss his endorsement of Under Armour products as well as answer a few football-related questions from the CNBC panel.
Why choose Under Armour when you could endorse any product?
"I looked around our locker room, what was going on in high school with the younger kids and the kids playing Pop Warner, and it was all Under Armour. I was going into the 14th year of my [NFL] career now and I couldn't have made a better decision, being around Kevin and developing a relationship like I have with him over the past three-and-a-half years. I'm very privileged to be a real small part of this company. I'm really looking [forward] to see those growth goals that he's set out, as a shareholder over the last three years."
How did it feel to see Wes Welker sign with Denver?
"It was a very sad day for me losing one of my best friends, I'll say that. I know that he's moved on to a great team, and a great place. They have a great quarterback [Peyton Manning], one of my friends, but we're competing against those guys this year. We'll get a chance to take them on -- we have a lot of time between now and then. I love him. I wish him the best."
Will Rob Gronkowski be ready for the season opener Sept. 8 against the Bills?
"Oh man, I'm here to talk about Under Armour," he replied with a smile. "That's a tough question. I'm not a medical doctor. I don't know. I certainly hope so, but I don't make those decisions. He's a really hard worker, he's really committed to getting himself healthy and whenever that happens, he'll be out there. I hope it's soon. He's a great player and we love having him out there on the field."
In light of recent allegations against MLB players for PED use, what are your thoughts on PEDs?
"There's a lot that's been said over the years with performance enhancing drugs and such, and there's really no place for it in sports. Whatever comes of it [in MLB], that's dealt with by MLB, or the NFL. It's my job to play within the rules, and I do my best to play within that."
Any chance you might play closer to Wall Street, for one of New York's football teams?
"Not much. Very slim at this point. I like where I'm at; I'm very settled. Thank you for asking."