Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady posted a prayer for his sons on Thursday wishing for them to have “humility,” “compassion,” and more amid uncertainty about his NFL future after losing in the playoffs to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers star shared a photo of a copy of General Douglas MacArthur’s prayer on his Instagram Stories, dedicated to his two sons: Jack and Benjamin, Page Six reported.
“Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory,” the start of the prayer read.
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“Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee — and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge,” it added. “… Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.”
“Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the meekness of true strength,” the prayer continued.
The prayer then changes into one directed towards the father as it read, “Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, ‘I have not lived in vain.'”
The NFL star captioned his post using a heart and praying hands emoji. He also included two other photos, one of him with Jack and the other of him and Benjamin.
The social media post comes following the former New England Patriots quarterback’s divorce from supermodel Gisele Bündchen in 2022 after nearly 14 years of marriage. The two have been co-parenting their kids since, with Brady sharing recently that he wanted his three kids to experience failure in life to develop resiliency, as previously reported.
“I don’t want it to go right for my kids all the time,” Brady explained. “I told them that this morning. I said, ‘I want you guys to fail because I want to see what you’re made of if you fail and when you fail.'”
“Because life isn’t gonna be just a smooth ride, so we have to develop resiliency,” he added. “You know, schools teach that. Sports teach that, a lot of things are taught through that.”
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