5 Facts You Likely Didn’t Know About Tom Brady

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. is 41. Although many think he’d retire this year, it seems like the New England Patriots quarterback has better plans for his future.

What’s better than celebrating your birthday with a 1,200-pound cake and a practice session with your team? Tom Brady was part of the Patriots family for 18 years, and that’s exactly how you build a Hall of Fame career.

 

But, how much do you actually know about the best quarterback of all times? Let’s be honest, Brady is a lot more than just a football star.

The Patriots quarterback has won more Super Bowls than a total of 16 NFL teams together. Can you believe that? The Bengals, Bills, Browns, Cardinals, Chargers, Falcons, Jaguars, Panthers, Lions, Texans, Titans and Vikings have never won a Super Bowl. The Seahawks, Rams, Eagles, Chiefs, Bears, Bucs, Jets and Saints have won just one Super Bowl. Take that, haters.

It may be hard for you to believe it, but Brady doesn’t like being called the GOAT. “I don’t like it[being called the greatest of all time]. I don’t like when people say it. I don’t like it at all. I don’t feel that way. I’m not attached to that feeling. I don’t care whether people think [I’m the greatest] or not. I want to be the best I can be. When I go out there, it’s not to compare myself to this guy or that guy. I still feel like there’s more to be accomplished. I still feel like I can be better,” Brady said.

You’re probably guessing, but yes, the quarterback goes to bed at 8:30 p.m. and wakes up at 5:30 a.m. When was the last time you did that?

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Tom Brady also witnessed “The Catch.” He was at Candlestick Park to watch the 1981 NFC Championship, and was 4 at the time. He saw Joe Montana connect with Dwight Clark. How awesome is that?

Dwight Clark was one of my idols growing up in San Mateo. I was lucky enough to be at the game where my hero Joe Montana perfectly placed the game winning throw/catch to Dwight in the corner of the end zone to beat the cowboys in the 1981 season. I was 4 years old and cried to my parents the entire first half because I couldn’t see the field when the grown ups would stand and scream for the 49ers. I got a chance to meet him when we happened to share the same orthodontist in San Mateo and I sabotaged one of his visits just to meet him and shake his hand. He was incredibly gracious to me that day as a young boy. And I never forgot the impact he made on me as all of our heroes do. I am sad tonight hearing of his passing of ALS but I know he is now resting and at peace finally after many years valiantly fighting such a terrible disease. Thank you for the great memories and RIP! ??

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Brady punted three times during his career. He passes a lot, runs a little and catches sometimes. But he has three career punts – in 2003, in 2012, and 2013.

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