The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made headlines when they decided to select quarterback Kyle Trask out of the University of Florida in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, but the Buccaneers rookie already has a fan in Tom Brady.
It’s no secret to anyone, including Trask, that the Bucs did not draft him 64th overall to usurp Brady’s throne and replace him as QB1 in Tampa Bay. However, the Buccaneers saw enough in the Florida boy to bring him in and learn under the greatest of all time. In an ideal world, when Brady decides to walk into the sunset, Trask would have learned enough from Brady to take over the reins as the Bucs signal-caller. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out. However, Trask has seemingly already learned from Brady’s approach to football, and life in general, when it comes to hard work.
When asked about the rookie Trask, Brady said
"“Kyle’s done a great job from the day that he got here. He’s a very hard worker,” “Kyle’s out here early, stays late, works with the younger guys. All the things you’re really looking for in a young player. This has got to be a huge priority in your life if you want to be doing this job for a long time, you’ve got to make it a huge priority. You really don’t know what you don’t know at this point when you’re one year in or two years in or three years in or five years in. As somebody who’s 22 years in, what I knew at five years in is very different from what I knew at then, and very different from what I know now.”"
It’s almost eerie. Its sort of like Brady was talking to his younger self. Whatever the case is, Brady wants to best prepare the young quarterback as best he can before he steps away to sip on some celebratory tequila with Father Time to discuss their battle.
Trask has his biggest task, a “Trask task” if you will when the Buccaneers have their first game of the preseason against the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s one thing to perform well and earn glowing reviews in camp, it’s another thing entirely to perform when there are live reps against a real opponent.
It’s worth noting that this sort of praise of Kyle Trask is nothing to sneeze at considering it’s coming from Tom Brady. It’s also worth noting that similar comments were made about Brady way back in 2000 when he was the backup to Drew Bledsoe. Do with that what you will.