It would be a huge disservice to the man to call Tom Brady anything other than a legend. It almost isn’t even a discussion when people discuss whether he should be considered to be the greatest quarterback the game of American football has ever seen. It is just a widely accepted fact. And to think, he was only the 199th pick of the 2000 NFL draft, with even his own team the New England Patriots picking five other players before him.
He began life in New England as the fourth choice QB, behind Drew Bledsoe, John Friesz and Michael Bishop. While he moved up to the second choice by the end of the season, he was still very much seen as a reserve to Bledsoe. However, in the second game of the 2001 season, Bledsoe was hit hard by New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis, suffering internal bleeding. Brady was promoted to starting quarterback, and the rest is history.
A few select statistics to showcase just how much of a phenomenon Brady has been in his 21 seasons in the NFL; he is the winningest quarterback in NFL history, winning 231 regular-season games, and an additional 34 in the post-season/playoffs. He has won seven Super Bowl titles, which is the most of any player and even more than any individual NFL franchise. He has made 14 Pro Bowl selections and has been named league MVP three times, in 2007, 2010 and 2017.
The fact that he won the 2021 Super Bowl at 43 years old is truly remarkable, as most people thought he would never achieve it again after his move from the Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He proved everyone wrong, as the wins just kept on coming. The Buccaneers have started this season well, with a 3-1 record, showing they are still a popular choice for bettors using sports betting app to look for odds on their games.
We know Brady is a machine on the field, but what is he like off it? How much is known about the lifestyle of the most decorated player in NFL history? Let’s have a look to see what makes him tick when he isn’t throwing a football around.
Few professional athletes are still playing in any capacity past the age of 40, let alone at the highest level. So the fact that Brady is not only still a starting quarterback in the NFL, but still running games is truly remarkable. To be able to do this, he has had to be incredibly disciplined, keeping his body in amazing condition.
This starts with what he eats. Brady is known for having a very restrictive diet, cutting out a number of foods that he believes to be unhealthy. So there is no sugar, caffeine, dairy, olive oil or alcohol allowed on an average day. Of course, rules are there to be broken, and every now and then Brady will bend one. The videos of him after the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl in February show that he might have had just a few units of alcohol during the celebrations.
It’s not just about diet, as rest is also seen as crucially important to keep him fit and on the field. He does wake up very early, around 5.30 am (which is probably necessary when you have two children) but he then is asleep very early too, at around 8.30 pm, giving him 9 hours in total. This amount of sleep is clearly beneficial, as he is the oldest currently active player still playing professional football.
Even though he clearly loves his job, Brady does have a number of interests away from football, which he mainly partakes in during the offseason. He is a keep golfer, playing regularly when he has the time. Of course, it isn’t surprising to see him excel in this sport too, as he reportedly has a handicap of just 8.1. He even appeared in an episode of the HBO TV series Entourage, playing himself at a charity golf tournament.
Other hobbies include surfing (which he probably has more time to do in the warm climates of Tampa as opposed to the cold of New England) and cliff diving. We’re not sure his coaches are too keen on him taking part in such a dangerous sport, but when you’re Tom Brady not a lot of people are telling you not to do things.
Brady has been married since 2009, to Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen. They have two children, who are both fluent in Portuguese. Brady has admitted his one weakness is reading to them at night when they ask for a book in Portuguese. “I can’t read it, so I probably screw up half the word.” So it looks like we’ve found the one thing that he is not perfect at!