The arguably best quarterback to ever play the game revealed Thursday that he has been engaged in a "kind of crazy" pre-game ritual for years that he and his self-described "good witch" wife believe has helped him in his remarkable run.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is famous not only for his handful of Super Bowl rings (actually, he just ran out of fingers this year, earning his sixth), but also for his tireless, meticulous approach to training and practice. But while some of his theories on "pliability" and extreme hydration have been public knowledge for a few years, his new age pre-game ritual hasn't gotten much attention.
"I’ve learned a lot from my wife over the years," Brady told an audience during a shave for charity event Thursday at Gillette’s World Shaving Headquarters in Boston (video below via CBS Boston). "She's so about the power of intention, you know, and believing things that are really going to happen."
Her focus on the "power of intention" and "believing things" in advance isn't just some philosophical perspective, he made clear in his folllow-up comments: it's mystical. Before games, said Brady, his wife Gisele Bunchen "always makes a little altar for me at the game because she just wills it so much."
"So she put together a little altar for me that I could bring with pictures of my kids," he explained, "and I have these little special stones and healing stones and protection stones and she has me wear a necklace and take these drops she makes. I say all these mantras," he added, amid laughs from the crowd.
"I stopped questioning her a long time ago," he said to more laughs from fans. "I did. I just shut up and listened." Saying he thought at first that it was all "kind of crazy," he ended up just going with it.
But the altar and the mystical power stones aren't all the tricks Bundchen has up her "good witch" sleeves, according to the superstar. Brady says she's accurately predicted the outcome of recent seasons.
"About four years ago, we were playing the Seahawks and she said, 'You better listen to me, this is your year, but this is all the things you’re going to have to do to win.' And I did all those things, and by God, you know, it worked," he said.
He noted that she also accurately predicted that he wouldn't win the championship in 2015, saying, "You know I love you, but this is not going to be your year." When he asked about 2016, she said, "2016 is going to be your year."
"So it was early January this year, and I said, babe, I'm asking: do we have a chance?" he continued. "And she said, 'Yeah, but you're going to have to do a lot of work, and you're really going to have to listen to me.'"
After he won yet another ring in January, he said she told him, "You’re lucky you married a witch – I’m just a good witch."
Video below via CBS Boston: