Tom Brady is undoubtedly the most impactful NFL player of his generation. He led his former team, the New England Patriots, to six Super Bowl wins. Now, the 43-year-old is actively proving he still has what it takes to lead a team to victory. Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently 8-5 and are putting up a fight for a postseason run.
At this point, it’s become easy to take Brady’s greatness for granted. Yet his run of excellence is not just the product of genetic luck. He’s achieved his goals thanks to hard work and the support of his family. Let’s look at Brady’s upbringing, his sisters, and the role of strong women in his life.
Tom Brady’s family and sisters
Brady was born in San Mateo, California on August 3rd, 1977, and spent his entire childhood living in the city on San Francisco Bay. Brady is the youngest of four children born to Thomas Sr. and Galynn Brady. He is also the only son in the family, with all of older siblings being daughters: Nancy, Julie, and Maureen.
Athletic success seemed to run in the family, with all three of Brady’s sisters reportedly having been excellent softball players, according to SB Nation. Brady’s oldest sister Maureen was a pitcher — and a good one, at that. She even made the U.S. Junior Olympic team as a 17-year-old, before going on to play college softball at Fresno State, where she earned All-American honors.
Brady’s middle sister Julie took a different path in college, joining the soccer team at St. Mary’s College. Brady often refers to Julie as his “twin sister” because the two share a birthday. However, Julie is actually three years older than Brady. Brady’s youngest sister Nancy, his elder by just one year, played softball for the University of California.
The role of strong women in Brady’s development
Brady had a close relationship with his father growing up. In recent years, Brady has even referred to his father as “my hero.” Yet the women in Brady’s life exerted an influence on him that was just as important, if not more so. From his earliest days, Brady was surrounded by strong female presences.
First, there was his mother, a tough and determined woman who won her battle with cancer after first being diagnosed in 2016. Galynn continues to be an inspirational figure in Brady’s life. During a recent appearance on the Armchair Expert podcast, Brady highlighted his mother’s empathy and emotional openness, saying that “there’s a part of my mom that I’m probably more like her.”
Brady also gave lots of credit to his three older sisters, even acknowledging that they helped him become more coachable as a player. They also shaped on an individual level, especially in terms of his emotional awareness. As Brady put it, “I think when you’re growing up with three sisters, you’re receptive to what’s going on in the house. You’re probably a bit more intuitive emotionally.”
The strong women in Tom Brady’s family
Brady’s mother and sisters aren’t the only strong woman in his life. An equally important influence on Brady today is his wife, the Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen. Brady and Bündchen began dating in 2006 and married in 2009. The couple has two children together: a son, Benjamin Rein, and a daughter, Vivian Lake.
Even after marrying Brady, Bündchen has maintained an impressive degree of independence over her life, continuing to pursue her modeling and acting careers. She is also highly involved in philanthropical and activist work, particularly environmental advocacy. Bündchen has never hesitated to hold Brady accountable as a father and family man, details Harper’s Bazaar, even insisting that they go to marriage counseling to work through their issues.