Early in his NFL career, legendary quarterback Tom Brady told ESPN that being a senator was one of his “craziest ambitions.” However, as the years go by, it seems like he’s walked back his stance. In 2015, Brady said there was a 0% chance of him ever running for office. Interestingly, the star QB has been a longtime friend of President Donald Trump.
Keeping a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker during the presidential elections angered a lot of fans. Some didn’t like how Brady and team owner Robert Kraft supported the Republican candidate. Since then, Brady has downplayed his friendship with Trump. He said, “I just like to go out there and do my job.”
Tom Brady’s legendary NFL career
Brady will forever be known as one of the best NFL players of all time. So Patriot fans were saddened to hear that they lost their beloved quarterback. When the NFL season restarts, the hometown hero will wear a Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey.
Brady has spent his entire career with the Patriots. Starting in 2000, he has played in 285 games, throwing for 74,571 yards. He has led the team to nine Super Bowl championships, bringing home six Lombardi trophies.
Brady’s position on politics
In 2015, the NFL player said, according to CNBC, “I believe we are all responsible for doing our best to change the world.” When asked who he would be voting for in the presidential election, Brady responded, “I think religion is a little like politics … A lot of these controversial things where there is never a right answer or a wrong answer and people are on different sides of the fence.”
In 2016, after the presidential election, Trump claimed that Brady called him, saying, “I support you, you’re my friend, and I voted for you.” That was unsubstantiated, and Brady refused to reveal who received his support for the most important position in the country.
The legendary quarterback told a local radio station that he would reveal his vote, but then a week later, amid undue public pressure, he backpedaled, announcing, “I’m not talking politics any more guys, I’m just not. I’ve got other things to worry about … I just don’t want to get into it, I really don’t.”
Brady’s supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen, made it clear at the time that she was not a fan of Trump. She became upset that her husband was allowing his political opinions to “interfere with his public persona,” according to the Boston Globe. When reporters pushed Beantown’s boy, he said, “I talked to my wife, she says I can’t talk about politics anymore.”
Senator Tom Brady?
While at the University of Michigan, the young QB used his dorm address in 1996 to become a registered voter. According to election records, reports The Smoking Gun, he never exercised his right to vote, registering again in 2000 in San Mateo County, California. He listed his party affiliation as “undecided” but never took part in any of the elections.
During the 2016 presidential election, Brady received several write-in votes, with fans calling for him to run for office. He told GQ via Sporting News, “There is 0.000 chance of me ever wanting to do that. I just think that no matter what you’d say or what you’d do, you’d be in a position where, you know, you’re politicking. You know?”
Brady explained that he likes to know he did well. And with politics, you get little positive feedback. He went on to say, “I think in politics, half the people are going to like you and half the people are not going to like you, no matter what you do or what you say… It’s like there are no right answers.”