New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is perhaps the best known American professional athlete. With eight Super Bowl appearances and five titles under his belt, he’s also among the most hated.
Why? Well, according to Brady himself, disdain for the quarterback and his team stems from that above-mentioned success.
“In America, we never get a chance to do that. So, most Americans that live in other parts of the country, they don’t like the Patriots. They don’t like me, and I can understand that. I mean, I was a 49ers fan at one point,” Brady said on WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan show Tuesday. “They want to see their team win, and when they don’t, I think they’ve got to direct that frustration somewhere else. When you’ve been successful like our team has been, I think frustration gets directed at us, and that’s just part of it.”
This is in no way wrong. Teams that have had sustained success tend to be public enemy No. 1 around the sports world. Joining the Patriots in that category, the NBA’s Golden State Warriors have become one of the most-hated teams in the sports world. Why? Well, because they’ve now won three of the past four NBA titles.
For Brady, said disdain also has to do with the unique nature of American football.
“I think it’s a different part about football, for example, in America,” Brady said. “I mean, if you look at a lot of other sports around the world, at some point, maybe you get to represent your country, like watching the World Cup in the summer. I see all these soccer players that play for these different clubs but then come together for their country at some point.”
So if Brady were representing the red, white in blue in a World Cup-like football tournament, he’d be more revered around the nation? Again, that’s certainly possible. But how does it explain away those who don’t like Kevin Durant and LeBron James?
Either way, Brady is at least acknowledging that his Patriots are not well liked. And in reality, it probably matters very little to him.