- As a rookie, Tom Brady was as competitive at video games as he was on the football field.
- According to a former teammate and roommate, Brady would throw his controller after losing at the Tecmo Bowl.
- Brady’s competitiveness is intense, but it’s hard to dispute his seven Super Bowl wins.
Tom Brady is known in the NFL as the most competitive football player.
Whether it’s getting rid of a hangover for an early morning workout or engaging in a trash conversation, the seven-time Super Bowl winner is always looking for an edge over competition.
According to a report by Alex Prewitt to Sports Illustrated, the fire inside Brady is not confined to the football field; this showed even when he was a rookie with the Patriots and spent his spare time playing video games.
Sports Illustrated spoke to former Patriots tight end Chris Eitzmann, who lived with Brady in a condo before Brady became the GOAT.
“Nintendo, Ping Pong, Pool, you beat him and he was pissed off,” Eitzmann told SI.
According to the story, Brady, Eitzmann and teammate David Nugent – a defensive lineman who also lived with Brady for three years – would host round robin tournaments of the Tecmo Bowl. A Nintendo classic, Tecmo Bowl was the first console game to include real NFL players.
Brady would play with the 49ers, while Eitzmann would take on the Raiders, and with them, Bo Jackson – possibly the most dominant athlete in video game history.
After a loss, Brady would be livid.
“He would throw the controller against the wall,” Eitzmann said. “He didn’t want to talk to me for half a day.
While that intensity might seem a bit over the top, it’s the same energy Brady showed on the court as he became the most successful quarterback in NFL history.
“His drive to improve was insane,” said Eitzmann. “She is probably the most competitive person I have ever met in my life.”
Eitzmann isn’t the first to describe a frustrated Brady chilling someone after losing.
Speaking to “The Dan Patrick Show” in 2019, professional golfer Jordan Spieth said he had previously played a round with Brady at National of Augustus, and the night ended with Brady freezing him for a while after losing the lead on the last hole.
“You’re supposed to come in to Augusta and, you know, have lunch and go out,” Spieth said. “He didn’t say a word to me for about an hour and a half… I’m very, very competitive, and he’s the most competitive human being I’ve ever met. It’s like a fun game. “
Brady’s results on the court speak for themselves, however. You don’t win seven Super Bowls without a motivation bordering on obsession.