That’s my dad
Jack Brady’s father is on the cover of Madden 18
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.
New England quarterback Tom Brady is on the cover of “Madden NFL 18.”