ESPN’s Kevin Negandhi recently travelled to Asia with five-time New England Patriots Super Bowl champion Tom Brady. E:60 was there to capture every moment and will air “Brady’s Trip of a Lifetime” this Sunday at 9 a.m. ET on ESPN.
“You’re going to see Tom Brady completely different,” said Negandhi. “You’ll see him sumo wrestling, you’ll see him ride down a luge next to The Great Wall of China and interact with players that he’s training.”
Negandhi said he was impressed with the way Brady embraced the culture.
“He’s very much into Eastern culture and he looks at things in a completely different way when it comes to training his body,” said Negandhi. “When you look at him you don’t think, ‘Hey, this guy is going to last 18 seasons in the NFL.’ His approach is different.
“He has to sleep for eight hours, he wants to be in an environment when he’s sleeping at a specific temperature. He embraces the Eastern culture and takes what he can from it and applies it to helping him continue to stay healthy on the field. I was surprised at how involved he is in that.”
In addition to experiencing Asia alongside Brady, Negandhi sat for an interview with the Patriots’ quarterback, who reflected upon his historic Super Bowl LI win in February.
– Negandhi on Brady
“He talks about what the Super Bowl experience was like and what it meant to have his mother there,” Negandhi said. “He’s a private superstar and he lets us in.”
When discussing what it was like to walk through the streets of China and Japan with Brady, Negandhi said there were moments where he had his privacy and still others when it felt like they were walking the streets of Boston with crowds yelling for him.
Negandhi said the trip was a great experience and he’s looking forward to his next opportunity to get back to Tokyo.
“To walk around Tokyo was pretty amazing,” Negandhi said. “I went with our crew through Tokyo and got the chance to be one of the people. We went to the fish market to see why it’s so popular and such a big deal.
“To interact with the locals, that was an experience to me [that] you won’t get from watching a documentary. You have to go around, smell what it’s like, hear the noises – it’s an attack of the senses. I embrace all of that because you understand what everyone there is going through.”