Tom Brady’s Search

by Andy Wood on January 29, 2008

in Principle of Eternity

BradyThis Sunday Tom Brady will lead the New England Patriots toward the pinnacle of NFL success – a fourth Super Bowl win, riding the wave of an unprecedented undefeated season. He is one of the most adored and admired players in football history. On top of that, he has been heralded as America’s Most Eligible Bachelor by “Entertianment Tonight” and a host of others who know this kind of thing.

And he’s anything but satisfied.

In a December 2007 interview on “60 Minutes”, Brady got honest and vulnerable. Take a look. If you are a Christian, your temptation will be to preach to Tom Brady. Before you give in to that urge, I suggest you let Tom Brady preach to you.

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“Why do I have three Super Bowl rings and still think there’s something greater out there for me? I mean, maybe a lot of people would say, ‘Hey man, this is what is.’ I reached my goal, my dream, my life. Me, I think, ‘God, it’s got to be more than this.’ I mean this isn’t, this can’t be what it’s all cracked up to be.”

(“What’s the answer?”)

“I wish I knew. I wish I knew. I love playing football and I love being quarterback for this team. But at the same time, I think there are a lot of other parts about me that I’m trying to find.”

Here are some thoughts:

Lesson: Careful how you define success.
Success, as Tony Robbins reminds us, leaves clues. It also brings baggage with it. Public success means public ownership. And when you gain the whole world, don’t be surprised when the world comes calling with a sense of entitlement – as if you owe it something for its adoration of you.

Lesson: Life is a team sport.
Make sure to make allowances to build your team. Then take your team along with you.

Lesson: “It’s got to be more than this.”
When the last touchdown is scored, the last adoring fan has left, and your teammates have all gone their separate ways, there must be more to life than money, fame, and popularity. Yet it’s embarrassing to realize how many times those of us who claim to know Who’s got the answer find ourselves defining happiness in Brady’s language (to this point): professional success, personal popularity, money, admiration. We’ve gained our soul. Now it sure seems we’re after the same kind of stuff that makes Tom say, “God, it’s gotta be more than this.”

Thanks, Tom. I hope and pray (literally) you find “those parts of you” that you’re looking for. Oh, and good luck with the game. I’ll be watching you play.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

JoAnne Wood January 29, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Why not e-mail him with the Lord is what is missing?

Terry Richardson January 29, 2008 at 1:31 pm

Mr. Brady seems like a basically decent guy who is looking for the missing key to life and happiness. In my 58+ years, I’ve come to understand that true joy is found in what you give, not what you can get. That, and, the word is true . . . “Seek ye first the kingdom of God . . . ” I hope he learns this while there is still time to make a difference in his life.

Jonathan January 31, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Wow! I have new found respect for Tom that I didn’t have before. He may not be perfect and made some bad choices in the past but you have to respect a man who is honest about how he really feels.

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