Tom Brady Wants to Leave Football—and Build His Legacy—On His Own Terms
Star QB is banking on his "TB12 Method" to accomplish his goals, but is it just a marketing ploy?
Tom Brady is on a mission. He wants to “inspire a movement.” He wants to play football until he’s 45 and win a few more Super Bowls, so that his already impressive career will be nearly impossible to replicate.
ESPN writes that in Brady’s new book, released in September and titled The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Peak Performance, the star quarterback seems to think that despite facing age, injury, and the “inscrutable long-range plans of his future Hall of Fame coach, Bill Belichick,” he can transcend not only sports, but also culture.
But in order to do so, he has to manage a highly unlikely feat: survive football, with “his body, his brain and his dignity intact.” To do so, Brady says he is banking on accomplishing all these goals by using the “TB12 Method.”
Brady has said that his health and lifestyle method’s focus is about “pliability,” which involves training your muscles to become “long, soft and primed” instead of “short, dense and stiff,” according to ESPN.
“Pliability is not just for elite athletes,” Brady writes. “It’s for anyone who wants to live a vital life for as long as possible.”
As the ESPN cover story makes clear, Brady thinks he can avoid a career-ending injuring through rigorous practice of the TB12 Method. In his book, he goes so far as to blame the person who gets injured for the injury. “When athletes get injured, they shouldn’t blame their sport—or their age,” he writes. “Injuries happen when our bodies are unable to absorb or disperse the amount of force placed on them.”
His key message through all this: “Football helps those who help themselves.” Brady is challenging himself to accomplish unprecedented feats and miracles, and he defends football because he is defending his legacy.
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