This past spring, Gisele Bundchen tried to have Tom Brady's college friend, former kicker Jay Feely, convince the Patriots quarterback to retire, according to a Sports Illustrated story.
Here's that anecdote from Greg Bishop's profile of Brady in this week's SI:
Last spring Brady and his family vacationed with retired kicker Jay Feely, a close friend from their college days at Michigan. This being Brady, Feely prefers not to disclose the locale, but he does share that Brady’s wife, the supermodel Gisele Bündchen, spent time on that trip “trying to get me to convince [Tom] to stop playing.” And, Feely adds, “‘she was dead serious.’”
Feely says he looked at his friend and told him, “Play as long as you can.” Brady smiled back and winked.
Brady has been pretty adamant about wanting to play until he's 45. At about the same time as the story Feely told SI, Bundchen spoke about a concussion she said Brady suffered last season. And Brady tried to clarify that in training camp this past summer by basically saying it was nobody's business. Expect plenty more of the how-long-will-you-keep-playing questions next week at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
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5:22 - No Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski weren’t at OTAs and definitely don’t ask Bill Belichick about them. Tom Curran, Michael Holley and Andy Hart from Patriots Football Weekly discuss where the pair could be and what it means for the team.
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Tom Curran, Phil Perry and Jerod Mayo jump on what's trending with the Patriots:
1:58 - How will the absence of Tom Brady from OTAs impact the Patriots' team progression?
5:00 - Jerod explains why he thinks that no Brady isn't a big deal for the Patriots for now.
6:27 - Is the Tom Brady way starting to hurt the Patriots way?
8:48 - Jerod: "If Tom's not here for mandatory mini camp, sound the alarm."
11:08 - Who is suffering the most by the absence of Brady and Gronk?
12:38 - Jerod admits his disappointment in how things within the Patriots organization have changed since he played?
15:50 - Jerod gives an inside look at OTAs from a player's perspective and thinks back to rookies that impressed him coming into camp. The guys also go off on a quick tangent on tattoos.
23:56 - Tom asks if Brady would be skipping OTAs if Jimmy Garoppolo was still with the team.
24:47 - Which players should we keep an eye on during OTAs and throughout the early stages of training camp?
27:52 - Jerod predicts that Kenny Britt will have a big impact during the 2018 season and Tom and Phil give their own predictions on who will have big years for the Pats.