Being the child of a famous parent can’t be easy. It must be even more difficult when that parent is seen as one of the greatest American sports stars of all time.
That’s the burden that Jack Brady – son of legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady – has to deal with. The 15-year-old has grown up in his father’s shadow and many expected that if he were to choose a future in sport, he’d pick American Football like his dad.
However, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, Brady Jnr is said to favour basketball and lacrosse, according to his mother (and Brady’s ex) Bridget Moynahan.
“I really think that he’s kind of like that normal kid who doesn’t really know what he wants to do yet and I think that’s okay,” the actress, who dated Brady between 2004 and 2006, told Live. “I certainly don’t want to put any pressure on him to do what I do or what his father does.”
“He’s more of a basketball player. He loves basketball. Yeah, basketball and lacrosse.”
Brady’s incomparable legacy
In one sense, it’s no surprise that Jack Brady would look to another sport to participate in. If he were to get involved with American Football, he’d no doubt be the subject of comparisons to his father.
Looking at basketball and lacrosse gives him the ability to spread his wings in a different direction and succeed or fail on his own terms, rather than in comparison to Tom’s famous legacy.
Tom Brady is seen as the greatest NFL star of all time having won more Super Bowls than any other player, with seven. Signing in the year 2000, he spent the majority of his career with the New England Patriots, where he picked up the first of his Super Bowl rings in 2002. He was voted MVP as the Patriots edged out the St. Louis Rams 20-17.
Wins in 2004 (against the Carolina Panthers), 2005 (against the Philadelphia Eagles), 2015 (against the Seattle Seahawks), 2017 (against the Atlanta Falcons) and 2019 (against the Los Angeles Rams) followed before he picked up his seventh and final win in 2021 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played out the final few years of his career.
He played in ten Super Bowls in total, losing in 2007, 2011 and 2017, and was named the Super Bowl MVP five times in total, the NFL’s MVP’s three times and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year twice.
He initially retired from the game in February 2022, but he was quickly lured back, returning to the fold in March of the same year. In doing so, he set another record, becoming the oldest quarterback to start an NFL game. Under a year later though, he announced his second retirement, declaring in February 2023 that he was done with the sport for good.
Since retiring in 2022, he’s gone on to buy a minority stake in the Las Vegas Raiders and has signed a multi-million dollar ten-year contract to act as an analyst for Fox Sports.
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