Tom Brady surprised his son didn’t like football because ‘he’s a boy’08/06/2019
Since Tom Brady‘s life has revolved around football for longer than his 20-year NFL career, he was taken aback when his middle child had no interest in the sport.
“When Benny came along, I thought he would be just like Jack,” he told Men’s Health of his boys in the magazine’s September issue. “So I was like, ‘C’mon, let’s do this.’ And he was like, ‘Nope.’ And I was like, ‘What? No, do this!’ And Gisele kept saying to me, ‘Would you effing understand that your son is different?’ It was hard for me. I was like, ‘What do you mean? He’s a boy; he should just do all these things that I do.”
“The reality is that Benny just likes different things,” he added. “And it’s great because now I just have to go do what he wants to do. When we do that, we have the best time. He’s like, ‘OMG, Dad, you’re so funny.’ He loves joking, and I joke back,” he continued.
Of his 11-year-old son that he shares with ex Bridget Moynahan, Brady said, “Jack loves sports. He wants to try hard, and he never wants to disappoint his dad. That was me. I’d wake up early on weekends to do stuff with my dad. That’s why I didn’t party a lot. If Dad wanted to golf, I wanted to be there with him. And if I ever missed those things, it would crush me.”
The Patriots star welcomed his second son Benjamin with wife Gisele Bündchen in 2009, three years before she gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Vivian. The signal-caller credited his supermodel wife, 39, for helping him recognize that not all of his children would take the same liking to sports.
“Jack is just like me—he holds a lot in, Benny lets it all out. Vivi, she doesn’t care. They’re going to be their own selves, not who you want them to be,” he said.
Besides, Brady’s youngest son isn’t the only member of the family who has varied interests.
“Gisele is not really into sports,” he said.
Growing up in California, Brady’s upbringing differed greatly from the Brazilian-born Bündchen, who traveled the world as her model career blossomed.
“She left home at 14; she lived in Japan at 16 in an era with no cell phones. She lived in New York City at 17 without speaking English. In her mind, there are no boundaries,” Brady said.
Bündchen has also shown Brady that not everyone is destined for a traditional lifestyle.
“Coming from mine, it was very different. This is what you do: You go to elementary school, go to high school, go to college. In her mind, why do you have to do any of those things? And you know what, she’s right. I’m the one that had to go, ‘You’re right!’ And that’s helped me grow,” he said.
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