The Tao of Tom Brady: Why 40-Yr-Old QB Might Win His 6th Super Bowl
Tom Brady, football’s all-time greatest quarterback and 5-time Super Bowl champion, goes for his sixth ring on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
While Brady has never been the quickest, strongest or most physically gifted athlete to play the game, through sheer willpower and hard work, he’s pushed himself to a level that no other quarterback has ever achieved.
And he keeps excelling at this most physically demanding of all sports, even as he hits 40.
What is it exactly that allows Brady to succeed against much younger athletes, in a league where most are finished by their early 30s?
He gives us a glimpse in his Facebook documentary, Tom vs. Time.
The documentary is mostly a vanity project (he shows off his super-model wife, beautiful kids, swanky mansion, sporty cars, etc) used to market his TB-12 foods, nutritional supplements, book, t-shirt and exercise regiment.
But there are moments when you gain insight into the motivations that push this man to constantly battle Father Time while somehow continuing to play at the peak of his powers.
What drives him to battle the aging body, workout like a madman, study his opponents and just devote everything in his life to succeeding on the football field and winning the Super Bowl?
We’ll let Tom Brady, as he’s quoted in his documentary, explain.
A physical outlier: “I’m creating a version of me at 40 which I think is a lot better than me at 22.”
Will to win: “If you compete against me you better be willing to give up your life. Because I’m giving up mine.”
On measuring success: “It’s no excuses. It’s no whining. It’s no complaining. It’s, like … look, did you win or lose.”