What Tom Brady’s weekly interviewer has learned about legendary QB

Westwood One reporter Jim Gray talks to The Post’s Justin Terranova about his weekly interviews with Tom Brady and what they have taught him as the Patriots legend prepares for free agency. Gray and Brady speak each week of the NFL season and the final one this season will air during Super Bowl LIV.

Q: What have you learned about him in nine years of interviews?

A: Meticulous, prepared, very responsive, on time, humble, he’s unbelievable really. He never says, “Don’t ask me anything.” If he doesn’t want to answer the question then that’s how he will respond to it, but there are no preconditions. He wrote me a handwritten note 10 years ago now before we started this. It said, “I look forward to doing the show. You’ll get the same effort out of me on Monday nights that I give my teammates on Sunday afternoons.” And that has been the case, he’s never missed a show.

Q: How have you approached the questions about his free-agency future?

A: He doesn’t know. When he doesn’t know I am not sure how any of us can know. How many times can you ask the same question? As it evolves he will let us know. It’s not like he’s hiding something. I’ve asked him and he’s committed several times on the air to us that he’s playing next season. There’s not much he can be involved with outside the Patriots till March 18.

Q: You had the first one-on-one interview with him after the Wells Report was released. What do you remember about the Deflategate interview?

A: That whole [Salem State] gymnasium was filled. That wasn’t supposed to be what that was. It became his first comments on it. I just remember him being comfortable and saying that nothing was going to take away from the joy of the moment he experienced with his teammates in winning the Super Bowl. Well, I mean we went through all of it in the time he was suspended. He still did the radio show, I spoke to him every week. It was a very difficult circumstance. It was Tom Brady versus the National Football League. Tom Brady versus the most powerful sports institution in our country.

Q: What are the challenges that come with interviewing him?

A: He’s the greatest quarterback in the history of the National Football League, so any information that I can glean from him for the public advances all of us. Because where else are we getting that opportunity, besides his local radio show? He’s not doing a TV show every week. He’s not accessible to anybody else really. The fact that he does it and communicates with the fans and shares his views and bring us inside [is important]. He’s taught me a tremendous amount about personnel and circumstances, the institution.

Q: You’ve been reporting at a number of momentous sporting events throughout your career. How do you put that into perspective?

A: I am proud of it. There are places I could have done better, instances where I couldn’t have. I am at peace with it. It’s been a lot of things that were very unforeseen and I happened to be there. It wasn’t some grand plan to be there when a man bit another man’s ear lobe [Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield]; I didn’t know Ron Artest was going to run into the stands [Malice at the Palace]; I didn’t know the bomb was going to go off at the park [1996 Olympics].

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