Tom Brady is best known as one of the most successful quarterbacks to have ever played the game of football. The player of the New England Patriots is always passionate about what he is doing. Here are 10 curious facts about the Super Bowl champion.
1. Blind date
According to his words, Tom met his future wife, Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen, on a blind date that was organized by a mutual friend. The duo married on February 26, 2009, in an intimate Catholic ceremony in Santa Monica, California.
Tom Brady is always full of energy and enthusiasm. What motivates him? In his yearbook, he wrote a quote, which was one of ambition. Under his senior photo, Brady left a note: “If you want to play with the big boys, you’ve got to learn to play in the tall grass.”
Brady is known to be a friend of President Donald Trump. In 2017, Brady said he had known Trump "for 16 years". At a political event in New Hampshire on the day before the 2016 presidential election, Trump said he had received a call from Brady with words of support and respect. However, his wife told him not to discuss politics in mass media.
The sportsman and his family have a strict diet, called the "TB12 Method". Tom avoids eating most fruits, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, coffee, Gatorade, white sugar or flour, gluten, dairy, soda, cereal, white rice, potatoes, and bread. In 2016, he even launched his own line of vegan snacks.
As part of his strict personal regimen, the player has adopted habits that help him stay in perfect shape — one of them being an early bedtime. The five-time Super Bowl winner goes to sleep at 8:30 p.m.
Unlike most other football players, Brady avoids traditional weight training. Instead, he chooses resistance bands to increase pliability and flexibility. He believes that long, soft muscles lead to peak performance in the field.
The athlete has gotten the honor of appearing in a handful of television shows. Brady starred in both live-action and animation over the years. The Simpsons has mentioned Tom Brady many times throughout the years. Brady's Simpsons cameo came in the episode "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass," where the quarterback and other famous athletes sought out Homer Simpson for his dancing skills.
Tom uses the word “babe” as a term of endearment for people close to him. His teammates used to hear this word in the locker room. He picked up the habit from his father, and he’s used the nickname on both offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and his teammates.
9. Love to pets
Brady and his family have three dogs. The most recent addition was a rescue dog, Fluffy, which they adopted from Wags and Walks in Los Angeles. The other two are another rescue pup, named Scooby, and a pit bull mix named Lua.
The sportsman is the fourth-highest paid player in NFL history. He makes about $8 million annually through endorsement deals with companies like Under Armour, Intel, Beats by Dre, and Shields. These sums may sound enormous, but he makes less money than his wife. Gisele Bündchen was the world's top-earning supermodel for 10 consecutive years and is reportedly on pace to make $1 billion in career earnings.