tom brady gives a thumbs up to stroud cj and sees him as a great player

What Tom Brady appreciates about the Texans’ Stroud, C.J.

In an interview with “The Pivot Podcast,” future Hall of Famer and soon-to-be Fox lead NFL pundit Tom Brady stated his reasons for being a huge fan of C.J. Stroud, the quarterback for the Houston Texans.

“I really appreciate where he came from and all the expectations that he had, and then what [he went] and put together last year with a lot of humility,” Brady said of Stroud, according to information obtained by Josh Criswell of the Houston Chronicle. “The first thing I look for in quarterbacks is whether or not they make friends with their teammates. He truly feels like a member of the group.”

Stroud was selected as the second overall choice in the 2023 NFL Draft. He went above and beyond to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. He finished his first professional regular season ranked #1 among qualifying players by Pro-Football-Reference, with an average of 273.9 passing yards per game, and sixth with a passer rating of 100.8.

Over the course of 15 games, Stroud threw 23 touchdown passes and five interceptions, leading Houston to a decisive 45-14 wild-card playoff victory over the Cleveland Browns. He’s a huge part of the reason the Texans are ranked seventh among the betting favorites with +1600 chances to win Super Bowl LIX as of this Wednesday afternoon, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

Brady spent time with rookie quarterbacks like Stroud last spring and stressed the value of forging strong bonds with teammates early on. Subsequently, it was discovered that Stroud covered the cost of travel and lodging in order to continue working with offensive skill players beyond the team’s spring training.

Brady said, “They know you so intimately,” when discussing his interactions with teammates on the podcast. “People in a locker room are not fooled by you. Bullshit on your way through a football season is not acceptable. If you’re a talented actor, you might be able to get away with it for a year, but in the end, people will find out.”

Russell Wilson, the senior quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, reportedly had trouble “relating to his teammates” while playing for the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, according to NFL insider Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated earlier this week. Staying true to Brady’s guidance might help Stroud steer clear of such issues as he strives to establish himself as one of the game’s top players at the most crucial position. Stroud is 22 years old.

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