The world that surrounds Tom Brady often refers to him as super everything; a super athlete, a seven-time Super Bowl winner, and some may even go as far as calling him superhuman.
However, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback recently opened up about where he thinks he falls short: being a father.
In an interview, the 45-year-old father of three discussed his parental figures growing up and how his dad maintained a level of paternal excellence that he can never live up to. “There’s a big commitment that your parents make, and my dad made every commitment to me,” the athlete began explaining.
“There was never a moment where he didn’t have time to support what I wanted to do and try to achieve because it’s a hard thing to do. … When I think about being a dad, I think about him because of what my dad meant to me. I know I’m not as good a dad to my kids that my dad’s been to me.”
Within the interview, it was evident this subject matter struck a chord deep within Brady, as he ended up in tears. He also touched base on how his life as a professional athlete puts a different perspective on fatherhood and how he worries about his kids’ life in the spotlight.
“I think maybe what I’d wish for my children is to find something that they really love to do like I have, but I think I have taken it to an extreme too,” he continued. “You know, I hope they don’t take things as far as I’ve taken them. I want them to experience great success in whatever they do, but there’s a torment about me that I don’t wish upon them.”
Tom Brady discusses Gisele Bündchen’s significant role in their family
Brady’s first introduction to fatherhood was in 2007 when he welcomed his son Jack into the world with his ex-partner. After getting together with his now-wife Gisele Bündchen, the two co-parent Benjamin and Vivian. Out of all the things he wishes most for his children, the quarterback said he hopes they are kind and can make the world a better place.
Brady has also acknowledged his wife’s role as a mother in their relationship and recognized she has sacrificed a lot to keep their family life stable in the midst of fame. “My wife has held down the house for a long time now,” he stated while on a podcast earlier in the year.
“I think there are things that she wants to accomplish. She hasn’t worked much in the last 10 or 12 years while raising our family and committing to a life in Boston and then moving to Florida [when I signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers]. That’s an issue.”
All and all, Brady concluded the discussion of balancing fatherhood with his career with the sentiments, “I don’t want to miss any of the kids’ stuff. … It’s a little teeter-totter from time to time, and I’m trying, like all of us, to do the best we can do based on the circumstances.”
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