Tom Brady hitting lecture circuit

Salem State appearance spawns speculation

IS NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS quarterback Tom Brady laying the groundwork for life after football?

After four Super Bowl victories and three Super Bowl MVPs, we certainly hope not. But the 37-year-old QB is giving a talk as part of the Salem State University speaker series on May 7. Tickets are $25 to $100. It made us wonder if he’s sharpening his speaking skills for a second act. Could TB12 be thinking about politics?

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About Bruce Mohl

Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

Karen Cady, a spokeswoman for Salem State, says she thinks Brady’s talk will focus primarily on sports. She points out that his talk, strictly speaking, is not a speech. Brady is going to do a 45-minute interview with his pal, sports reporter Jim Gray, and then take questions for 15 minutes.

Brady has hinted in the past that he might like to try his hand at politics once he hangs up the cleats. In December 2007, he told 60 Minutes that he was not averse to running for office some day. “It would be something I think I could do a decent job at,” he said. Asked what political party he belongs to, he said:  “I’m actually independent and I have been for some time.”

Quincy officials say Brady switched from Republican to unenrolled in 2004.  He got embroiled in a little political kerfluffle in 2004 when President George W. Bush invited him to the State of the Union address, which took place one day after Massachusetts’ own John Kerry won the Iowa caucuses. Brady has mostly stayed out of the political limelight ever since.