Tom Brady knows what it’s like to have the odds against him, like when he was selected by the Patriots in the sixth round – pick No. 199 – in the 2000 NFL Draft. Or even this past year in the Super Bowl when the Patriots faced an insurmountable 28-3 deficit going into half time against the Falcons.
Instead of resting on his laurels – and four other Super Bowl rings – Brady took control and mounted the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, solidifying his legacy as the best to man the position.
His good friend and fellow Under Armour athlete, Jordan Spieth faced a similar situation in the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Spieth led for 54 holes but faced some serious adversity when he bogeyed three holes on the front nine of the final round and opened the door for a major-hungry Matt Kuchar.
Spieth would rally behind the work of his flat-iron and help from caddy Michael Greller to go five-under in the final four holes.
During that stretch, Spieth had some words of encouragement from the 40-year-old Brady who knows a thing or two about winning.
“It’s cool,” Spieth said this week. “During the Open Championship we were texting quite a bit and there were some social media posts. I was wearing some of his sleepwear and he was posting that he had matching pajamas on.”
And after the round, Brady acknowledged Spieth while paying tribute to another Under Armour athlete, Steph Curry.
Now Brady’s relationship with Speith began well before the three major championship wins. The two met up for an Under Armour shoot in 2014, and even though it was aimed to sell products Spieth still picked the G.O.A.T.’s brain about having success at such a young age.
Spieth: “When you see so much success early in your career, how do you keep your mind looking forward?”
Brady: “It takes time (as he laughed). I was fortunate to be on a great team when I was younger. And at that point it makes you appreciate how much it takes to win. I appreciate it very much more [now] and I’m sure you will too. I mean right now you are a young man. You have your whole career ahead of you. That’s how it is for me I’m going to be 37.”
Spieth: “You’re old” (sarcastically saying)
This weekend Spieth found himself in Brady’s town for the Dell Technologies championship at TPC Boston. Prior to the first round on Friday, Spieth was asked about his relationship with Brady.
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“He’s a tremendous guy to have in your corner. When he is rooting for you, I keep using the word energy, but you really do feel like you have something else when you have guys like him on your side.” -Spieth
At 40 years old, Brady has kept himself in elite condition and says he feels like he can play in the NFL until he is 45. One of the reasons Brady has lasted so long is his commitment to a plant-based diet that doesn’t allow him to eat carbs, sugars, nightshades, red meat, caffeine, or dairy.
“I’ve tried some of his stuff; I know it’s good for me. I’m not quite as dialed in on the eating as he is—I don’t think he was when he was my age either.
“It’s not just a sell for him. He had all this stuff at Augusta when all of us were just having some wine, steak, potatoes, and he shipped all of his stuff into there to have it as snacks, protein powder, and all this stuff.” – Spieth
Whatever Spieth is doing – diet or no diet – he is certainly finding success and attracting other successful people into his corner.