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Tom Brady doesn't look too happy these days

Tecmo Bowl Game at Tom Brady’s First Condo It was so vicious and competitive in Massachusetts that the loser had to walk through the condo quad naked. Brady himself suffered this punishment at least once, running naked through cold Northeast nights, eating slices of pizza, cans of beer and piping hot chicken wings.

Yes, Tom Brady was once just a regular brother playing Tecmo Bowl and devouring chicken wings, just like many of his fans. In the days before he became Tom Brady, his first few months in New England were a dizzying time for him. Back then, in the last few weeks before he became nationally and internationally famous, Brady could just relax and enjoy his life…at least for a few minutes at a time.

Underneath that backward-facing ball cap, the look of the Ax-body-spray made an unfulfilled, driven heart beat, even at the time. As Seth Wickersham remarks in “Better to be Feared”, his extraordinary biography on Brady and Bill Belichick includes the Techmost Streaker anecdote above. I have dinner at the condo in the afternoon and come back at 9:30 pm to study the movies or throw a ball at the practice facility late into the night.

Brady spent his entire early life trying to prove others wrong, trying to fulfill his own ludicrous ideals. In high school, he vowed to play college ball.In Michigan, he vowed that his name would be mentioned among the greats. Although she had just called him “Kyle” by mistake, she said, “Choosing me was one of the best decisions you ever made.”

Of course he was right. Brady has achieved all his marks — actually surpassing them by such a wide and incomprehensible margin that he is the undisputed GOAT of the NFL. His seven rings with two different teams, his MVP-level play with players 20 years his junior, all the fame and accolades and recognition a human being could want…in theory at least.

The question is, when your entire existence hinges on proving people you’re wrong, what if you don’t have to do it anymore? What will you do? When you reach the top of the mountain, you are the only one who can fight.

Now the meme is circulating It shows sunken-cheeked Brady next to Aaron Rodgers, the big-eyed, consciousness-orbiting Saturn. “Guys, it’s not worth it,” the meme reads, “Eat your ice cream.”

On the one hand, what two of the greatest football players ever did to themselves in this late stage of their careers, from extreme diets to mind-altering hardening, denying life’s simple pleasures like ice cream. is a cheesy laugh. …and maybe chicken wings, pizza, and Tecmo he bowls.

But on another level, it’s also sad as hell. It’s just a reflection on how you have to give yourself up. Look at Brady’s demeanor against the Saints on Sunday.

A man who is mentally and physically exhausted. And it’s only the second week! Celebration Career Victory What should be his rap looks like a slogan.

Brady won that game the same way he won the Cowboys in the Week 1 marquee showdown. With relentlessly to-the-point professionalism, the concert playing “Chopsticks” showed as much passion and effort as his pianist. The only time he showed heat in New Orleans on Sunday was when the Saints got chibi or the Bucks’ drive sputtered.

Brady may or may not have marital problemsIf tabloids and sources “close” to his wife Giselle are to be believed, everything has been going very well in the Brady family and not since he decided to retire in the spring. Brady has been dealing with “personal” matters off the field and, in his words, glanced behind the curtain with a cramped look when he returned from an extended absence from training camp. A lot of s–t is happening.

Just this week, we were told of a highly unusual arrangement in which Brady would be exempt from Wednesday practices for the entire season. Brady has enough rings to do whatever he wants — he could probably only show up on Sundays and beat half a team in the league without even knowing his teammates’ names — but once Somewhere along the line something important changed as the sun began to take the day off for the man who had been working from before dawn until much later.

Marriage matters are no-one’s good-natured business but Brady. The problem is that Tom Brady, a human being, is in direct conflict with his institution, Tom Brady. Like the Rolling Stones, Tom Brady is more than just a human being, he’s an entire enterprise in his own right, a quarterback for a Super Bowl-sized team, a future Fox Sports personality, and a third of his own. I have a $100 million contract. So, like Rolling in His Stones, Brady will have to put his personal issues aside as Tom continues to play his Brady role. A lot of money has already been invested in him. Even if Brady skips Wednesday, the beast must be fed.

No matter what’s going on in his personal life, Brady has a long, hard road ahead of him. Driven by forces unimaginable to those in the stands, every professional athlete faces a moment when the road ends. Brady has held it back longer than anyone, but no matter how angry he wants to be, the end is coming. We must figure out how to gracefully lose this final battle.

Brady may still have something to prove to himself. If so, he’s the only person on the planet who still needs convincing.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – SEPTEMBER 18: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers warms up before playing the New Orleans Saints at the Caesars Superdome on September 18, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


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