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How Tom Brady impressed Vanderbilt head coach at Patriots minicamp session

Ryan Hannable
July 12, 2017 - 10:19 am

Each year Bill Belichick invites a few college coaching staffs to take in a Patriots minicamp session or a training camp practice.

"Well, in some respects, coaching is coaching. It’s teaching and dealing with athletes at a high level, so some things that we all have in common there," Belichick said during minicamp of having other coaching staffs at practices, including non-football teams. "I’d say it’s more along those lines."

Last month, the Vanderbilt coaching staff attended one of the minicamp sessions and head coach Derek Mason was impressed with the culture the Patriots have and became even more impressed with Tom Brady because of the way he commanded the locker room.

“Culture. Everybody talks about Tom Brady. He’s the greatest of all time, but here’s what I saw: I saw structure,” Mason said on the SEC Network, via Coaching Search. “I saw command of the locker room. I saw team chemistry. I saw leadership all over the place. I’ve been in locker rooms where you see tons of talented guys, draft picks [and it doesn’t work]. For him, it’s all about culture. That team is extremely bought in to who they are.

“They had a practice where balls were on the ground. He came in that morning and he let them have it. It was spectacular to see. It felt like a college locker room. To me, I gained a newfound respect for what it is. Be who you are. If you want to be a champion, have championship aspirations. Talk about it, be about it, do it, command it, demand it.”

Even though it was June, at age 39 Brady was acting like it was the week before the Super Bowl.

Training camp kicks off two weeks from Thursday.

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