There have been very few power couples within sports and entertainment that can compare to quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bundchen. Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were arguably the first and most infamous pairing, but the two were only together for one year. David and Victoria Beckham are closing in on 20 years together, but the star power is more one-sided as the question of whether you name a Posh Spice/Victoria Beckham song from this millennium.
Tom and Gisele have been together for nine years now and they have equal footing when it comes to success and popularity. Brady is arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history and is one of two players to have won five Super Bowl rings. Gisele has been called “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” by Vanity Fair and was featured in Guinness World Record Book for being the model who earns the most money each year.
But those are the types of things that this couple wants you to know about them. There are many other things that they want hidden more than Brady’s text messages after DeflateGate. Brady in particular has many skeletons in his closet related to his personal life and professional life. Brady tries to keep everything close to the vest, unlike contemporary Brett Favre, but TB12 has more secrets than what he revealed in his recent book….and Gisele likely won’t be happy to hear about them! Here are 15 things Gisele doesn’t want you to know about Tom Brady.
15 Brady Would Frequent Gentlemen's Clubs As A Rookie
The best way for a rookie to ingratiate himself with the organization is by being a great player on the field and a great person off the field. But the best way for a rookie to ingratiate himself within the locker room is by going out with the guys. That’s what a rookie Brady did in 2000 and he had his fullback, and former Michigan teammate, Chris Floyd tag along with him to the Foxy Lady strip club in Rhode Island. But as Floyd tells it, the then 23-year-old Brady wasn’t the most comfortable person in the joint. “Everybody was loud and drinking beer and having fun,’’ Floyd said. “And Tom was sitting in the corner, all quiet. It looked weird, but that was Tom.’’ Giselle would be happy to know that Brady soon exchanged the trips to the strip club for playing an old Nintendo with his teammates.
14 Brady Will Shun Autograph Seekers
Part of Brady’s unparalleled success stems from the fact that the man is a perfectionist, or as Jimmy Iovine would say, he’s chasing something disguised as perfection. An example of this perfectionist behavior came when Brady was presented with a photograph to sign. It was a picture of Brady throwing a football but Brady refused to sign it with his reasoning being “look at my mechanics.” Apparently, his throwing mechanics weren’t ideal, or perfect, in the photo so Brady did not put his John Hancock on it.
The same thing which helps make Brady so great also makes him look like a bit of a diva when it comes to signing autographs.
Be prepared to have multiple pictures with you if you ever get the chance to obtain a Brady autograph.
13 Even Brady Gets Sick Of Gisele At Times
Earlier this season, the Patriots had back-to-back road games in Denver and then in Mexico City. As a result, the team stayed in Denver for the week instead of flying back to the east coast. Brady was asked what it was like to spend a week away from home and out of the house.
"I think, naturally, when you're on the road like this, there's less things to do," Brady said. "You know, my family's not here, my kids aren't here, there's nobody telling me what I did wrong in the house, so it's just being at home and now it's being here and trying to just figure out how to win a game."
Almost immediately after that comment, Brady realized his slip of the tongue and that he possibly called out his wife for scolding him at times. He then quickly followed that up with, "I didn't mean that, babe, so I take that back," Brady said.
Speaking of “babes”…
12 Gisele Isn’t The Only "Babe" In Brady's Life
During Brady’s battle with the NFL over DeflateGate, he had hundreds of legal documents that were made public. This included numerous emails in which he not only took shots at Peyton Manning, but also revealed his nickname for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.
How many QBs call their offensive coordinator "babe?" pic.twitter.com/5X9mHv6hMx— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) August 5, 2015
Not “Josh,” not “J-Mac…but “Babe” is his nickname for McDaniels. We always knew these two had a close relationship, but not that close. It makes you wonder what McDaniels’ nickname for Brady is. It also appears that McDaniels isn’t the only Babe in the Patriots organization as Brady has been known to call teammates that as well. I’m not sure where Gisele falls within the hierarchy of Babes in Brady’s life, but it’s clear there are MULTIPLE Babes in Brady’s life.
11 Before There Was Gisele, There Was Tara Reid
Five years into his marriage with Gisele, actress Tara Reid revealed that she had a surprise fling with Tom Brady. According to Reid, the two dated for a month in 2002 which is after Brady won his first Super Bowl and when Reid was still relevant.
During an interview in 2014, Reid was asked about Brady and she admitted to kissing him but didn’t reveal if there was more than just kissing.
The pair wouldn’t last long and Brady would start dating Bridget Moynahan shortly thereafter. Brady would then marry Gisele and become arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history while Reid would date a string of C-list celebrities and star in D-list movies, among some controversial cosmetic surgeries.
But she got that kiss though…
10 Robert Kraft Forgot His "Son’s" Name
I’ll explain. By the time Brady was a three-time Super Bowl winner and going for his fourth in 2014, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that Brady was like a “fifth son.” The two formed an incredibly tight relationship over their nearly two decades together and Brady is essentially part of the Kraft Family. But when the owner first met his sixth-round draft pick in 2000, he didn’t know his future “son’s” name.
“I remember the first time he met me, he called me Kyle Brady. You know, the tight end. All he knew was ‘Brady.’ I kind of let it go, I wasn’t going to say anything to the owner,” said Tom Brady.
Five Super Bowls later, Kraft probably thinks of Tom Brady as one of his kids BEFORE he does even his biological kids. I’m sure Kraft could even rattle off the names of Brady’s kids before his own grandkids.
9 Brady Had A Kid Out Of Wedlock
Gisele is the proud mother of two kids with Tom Brady, and she is also the proud stepmother of Brady’s first born with actress Bridget Moynahan. Brady and Moynahan were together from late 2004 to late 2006 and she gave birth in August 2007. Obviously, the two were not together at the time so Brady, who was raised Catholic, had a child out of wedlock. Now Brady is a loving father so this isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it also goes against the religion he was raised in. Shortly after the child was born, Moynahan stated that she is raising him as a single mother, while Brady does spend time with him. It’s also worth noting that Moynahan became pregnant at practically the same time she and Brady split up, so I guess the best sex is break-up sex.
8 Tom And Gisele Disagree About Politics
It’s not secret that Brady is an endorser of Donald Trump and infamously had his “Make America Great Again” hat in clear view in his locker. Brady tries to avoid any political conversations regarding his support for Trump but you have to expect questions regarding politics when you strategically place the hat in your locker. In early 2017 Trump issued a travel ban on immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, and Gisele wasted no time in responding to the ban. She didn’t specifically mention Trump, but she did post this photo on Instagram one week after the ban with a caption that celebrates diversity.
The beauty of the human race is in its diversity. We are all connected and we are stronger when we come together. Only ego, beliefs and fears separate us. #weareone #morelove ✨🙏❤️🌎 A beleza da raça humana está em sua diversidade. Estamos todos conectados e unidos somos mais fortes. Somente o ego, crenças e medos nos separam. #maisamor
But seeing how Brady doesn’t want to talk about politics, he DEFINITELY doesn’t want to talk about the conversations that he and Gisele have about politics. Nowadays, the only red hat in Brady’s locker is his own TB12 hat.
7 Brady Sued The NFL In 2011
During the 2011 offseason, the NFL was involved in a work stoppage that lasted four-and-a-half months. The NFL owners and the NFLPA could not agree on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement so the owners locked out the players from team facilities. In return, the NFLPA filed an antirust lawsuit against the owners in a federal court and ten players were named as plaintiffs on the suit. Tom Brady was among those ten players, as were Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, so the NFLPA brought out the big guns against the owners. The plaintiffs accused the 32 NFL teams of conspiring to deny the players’ abilities to market their services with the lockout. Thankfully, the lockout ended before any regular season games were affected, and the plaintiffs approved the CBA settlement. But all of the NFL owners can always dangle the “You tried to sue us” card over Tom Brady.
6 Former Red Sox Player Kevin Youkilis Is Married To Brady’s Sister
The First Family of New England features Tom Brady with his movie star looks, one of the world’s most beautiful women in Gisele Bundchen….and Youk.
Kevin Youkilis once had his looks described as “the man selling hammers behind the counter at the True Value hardware store.” Youkilis’ bald head, pudgy body and thick goatee don’t make him much of a fit in the Brady household, but he technically is a Brady since he married one.
Youkilis married Julie Brady, who shares the same birthday as Tom, but is three years older than her brother.
While Youkilis is no comparison to his brother-in-law in terms of looks or accomplishments, Youk was a pretty good player back in his day. He was a three-time All-Star, won two World Series rings and is in the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
5 Brady’s Personal Trainer Is A Glorified Snake-Oil Salesman
Alex Guerrero is Tom Brady’s trainer, business partner, personal guru and the godfather to Brady’s kid. Alex Guerrero has also been investigated numerous times by the Federal Trade Commission for being a fake doctor who claimed one of his products could “cure cancer.” Guerrero received his medical degree from a school which no longer exists and his product which he claimed can cure cancer has, obviously, never been scientifically tested. But Brady abides by his word and has even opened the TB12 Sports Therapy center at Gillette Stadium in conjunction with Guerrero.
Guerrero has also been blamed for driving a wedge between Brady and Bill Belichick/the Patriots as he prefers to rely on him for medical and health advice, as opposed to the team’s trainers.
Perhaps even most damning, many of Brady’s teammates describe the Guerrero-Brady health method as a “cult” and say that Brady’s life and personality had changed since going into business with Guerrero.
4 Brady Makes Gisele Sleep Alone
Like many pro athletes, Brady tries to get as much sleep as possible to help his body recover. He says he goes to sleep at 8:30 during the week and then wakes up early to head to the team facilities. But according to Gisele, Brady will disrupt his normal sleep times which will then leave the bed all to herself. Gisele once told Robert Kraft that she woke up at 3:30 one early morning, discovered that Brady wasn’t in bed, and then found that he was in his lab studying film. You know you’ve reached another level in preparation when you’d rather watch a bunch of 300-pound men run around than sleep with the world’s most beautiful woman. But that’s why Brady has five Super Bowl rings and you and I have zero.
3 You Can’t Tell The Story Of Tom Brady’s Career Without DeflateGate
Remember when Tiger Woods had his infidelity scandal in late 2009? Woods took a leave of absence but came back in time for the 2010 Masters because he didn’t want people to look back 20 years from then, see Tiger had missed the Masters, and ask, “Wait, why didn’t he play?” That would then rehash his whole sex scandal.
Well, Brady tried his damndest to ensure that he wouldn’t be suspended so people wouldn’t ask that same question 20 years after he retired. But it was to no avail and that four-game suspension stands out in his career as the only games he’s missed outside of his ACL tear. DeflateGate obviously won’t be the first thing that people mention when they discuss Tom Brady’s career, but it WILL be mentioned and that’s the “scarlet letter” that Brady will have to deal with the rest of his life.
2 Brady’s Idol Won’t Recognize Him As The G.O.A.T.
One thing that all-time greats always seek is recognition from their idols that they’ve surpassed, or at least reached, their same level of play. Kobe Bryant spent a good 15 years trying to equal his idol Michael Jordan, never reached that point in his mind or in the minds of fans, and finally conceded that MJ was still the greatest. Tom Brady was a northern California kid and idolized Joe Montana growing up. Brady may never admit it, but he has always been chasing Montana, whom many consider to be the greatest QB ever. After Brady won his fifth ring and surpassed Montana’s total, Montana still wouldn’t cede the title of the greatest to Brady.
"I mean, he's obviously having a tremendous career. I think it's just hard to put anyone in that bucket (of greatest QB ever)," Montana said. "Even before he got five, you look back to some of the guys some people don't even know. Sammy Baugh or Otto Graham, I can't remember which one, but one of them won like seven or nine championships -- and so far ahead of their time," Montana said.
"It's hard to compare guys from then to now, how they would compare here and we would compare then."
So when asked if Brady had surpassed himself, Montana brought up the names of Sammy Baugh and Otto Graham before declaring Brady as the G.O.A.T. Montana also once said that he’d rather be 4-0 in the Super Bowl than 5-2, which is Brady’s record.
1 Brady’s Balls Were Literally Inflated
And I’m not talking about his footballs….
Apart from his season-ending knee injury in 2008, Brady has never missed a game due to injury, but he came close. Late in the 2005 season,
Brady suffered a hernia which then caused his testicles to swell TO THREE TIMES THEIR NORMAL SIZE!
Brady played through the injury and that might be the most impressive accomplishment of his Hall of Fame career. Then-backup Matt Cassel would walk around saying “Tom Brady has big balls” without anyone noticing that it was a double entendre. To add insult to injury, Brady would finish that 2005 season with the first postseason loss of his NFL career.
So yes, Tom Brady’s balls were inflated long before they were deflated. He was also a Big Baller prior to LaVar Ball making it a brand. The jokes don’t stop and neither did Brady’s balls stop from growing. Who exactly measured them to ensure they were three times the normal size?