Tom Brady has been in the news for three major reasons in the past few months. One of the most infamous is “Deflategate,” but he’s also been pegged for endorsing GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. His marriage to supermodel Gisele Bundchen has also been scandalized with divorce rumors.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Brady is asked a series of probing questions about all three of these burning topics. He’s already admitted to the press that he’s watchful of how he answers anything in the first place because reporters blow things out of proportion for the sake of getting a sensational headline. What the 38-year-old superstar athlete reveals is tame overall in this interview, but insightful nonetheless.
When the New England Patriots was asked if he feels vindicated after the “Deflategate” case, he does little to address how it really affected him. He just says that he approaches every week the same and remains professional.
“I approach every week the same. I think I’ve always tried to be very professional to how I approach the game, my preparation. Every game is important. We only get 16 of them. We’ve had a great rivalry with that team. They’ve got a good team this year, they won three straight, so I’m excited to see what we can do in the game. What more can you ask?”
When Brady is asked how he handles the scrutiny over his marriage with Gisele Bundchen, he simply answers that he can “compartmentalize.” The Patriots quarterback talks about being part of a team and that he stays focused on the task at hand for his teammates.
“… I’ve tried that over a long period of time; it’s tried and tested. That’s something you take a lot of pride in. You put all the other stuff aside and go out and do your job, and mine is to be the best I can be for my teammates.”
What does the four-time Super Bowl winner have to say in regards to his view of Donald Trump running for President of the United States?
In mid-September, Brady said of Trump becoming president to the AP, “It would be great. There would be a putting green on the White House lawn, I can tell you that.”
Brady is a “long-time friend” of his, and they’ve played golf together for years. In fact, Trump has invited him to some of his golf resorts.
Tom Brady told ESPN after it was reported that he endorsed Trump, that it’s a “different world” now. He sums it up to not being able to say anything.
“It’s just a different world than when I started in professional football. Even an off-handed comment like that, like you said, that people may run with; and I understand why people do run with it because you get the clicks and that type of stuff. It’s just people doing their job. A comment like that, I try to have fun with certain things.”
Will Brady continue playing football for years to come, or will he retire in the near future? The NFL star tells AP that he plans to stay put for quite a bit longer.
“I’ve got a lot of football left… Football is a contact sport and there’s a lot that goes into it. But I have committed myself for a long time to doing it, and because I love doing it so much I want to make that commitment.”
Tom Brady’s interview with AP revealed a lot of what people had already heard anyway. It’s clear he remains the ultimate professional in his sport and lets very little distract him from being the massive success that he is.
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