That’s my dad

Jack Brady’s fa­ther is on the cover of Mad­den 18

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Now, Tom Brady truly has reached the pin­na­cle. At least in the eyes of his video game-lov­ing son.

To the joy of 9-year-old Jack Brady, the five-time Su­per Bowl cham­pion will be the cover ath­lete for “Mad­den 18,” fol­low­ing his Pa­tri­ots team­mate and buddy Rob Gronkowski.

“I think it is very cool,” Brady said. “I grew up not far from the head­quar­ters of EA Sports and some of my neigh­bours and best friends worked there. And we hung out at the gym they built in the fa­cil­ity where a lot of the 49ers would go. To be a fan of the game and play it over the years, it is re­ally a cool hon­our, so when the op­por­tu­nity was pre­sented to me, it was some­thing I would not turn down.”

Asked if this will put him in the same celebrity realm as Gronk, Brady laughed. “No­body has more fun than him,” Brady said of the star tight end who was in­jured for the team’s cham­pi­onship run last sea­son.

Gronkowski’s ab­sence for half of the 2016 sea­son could have given his quar­ter­back pause about ac­cept­ing the cover role. Af­ter all, there’s talk of a Mad­den Curse.

While point­ing out that he works ex­tra hard to keep fit — how many NFL play­ers are in as good or bet­ter shape at age 39 as they were a decade ago? — Brady ac­knowl­edges that he’s heard about the curse.

“I am not sure it’s sup­pos­edly that there is a curse, I think there is a curse,” he said. “I’ve been able to over­come a lot of things in my life, and now we’ve re­ally got to step up our game.”

Brady has to step up his video game skills within his house­hold. Jack pro­vides stiffer com­pe­ti­tion than most NFL op­po­nents give the Pa­tri­ots. In­deed, Brady isn’t sure he could lead his team back from a 28-3 third-quar­ter deficit in Mad­den the way he did against the Fal­cons in the Su­per Bowl.

“I think Jack would have a lot bet­ter chance to come back,” Brady said with a chuckle. “I used to be re­ally good, but I don’t have too much time to ded­i­cate to it now with rais­ing a fam­ily and my job and obli­ga­tions. If he was down 28-3, there’s no chance he couldn’t come back. With me down 28-3 in ‘Mad­den’, I doubt it.”

When Brady does take on Jack in the video game — “Mad­den NFL 18” be­came avail­able for pre­order on Fri­day — it can get a bit awk­ward. Nat­u­rally, they both want to be the Pa­tri­ots. Or, at the very least, they both want Tom Brady to be their QB.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

New Eng­land quar­ter­back Tom Brady is on the cover of “Mad­den NFL 18.”

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