The Rushmore Report: The Faith and Politics of Tom Brady

This Sunday in Houston, Tom Brady attempts to do what no quarterback has ever done in the 51 years the NFL has been playing Super Bowls – win five of them. Along with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana, Brady has four Super Bowl titles. At age 39, he is still the best. But what do we know about his personal faith and politics? The answers may surprise you.

Tom Brady was born and raised in San Mateo, California. He was brought up in a devout Irish Catholic family. Brady stayed true to his faith even into football stardom. He got married in a Catholic ceremony (to supermodel Gisele Bundchen) and their son was christened a Catholic.

But apparently, Brady isn’t devout enough for his father, who used his son’s fame to gain some celebrity himself in the Catholic community. Tom Brady, Sr. spoke at a Catholic gathering called the Worcester Diocesan Men’s Conference in Massachusetts. During his speech, Brady, Sr. professed his devotion to Catholicism while backhandedly chastising his son for not being all the Catholic he can be.

Brady has another child (with supermodel Bridget Moynihan), who was born after Brady and Moynihan broke up. This is a big no-no for Catholics. Brady, Sr. said: “When it comes to grandchildren being born outside of wedlock, we’re three for three. There’s disappointment there because that’s not really kind of the way it’s done.”

It might be safe to say that Brady is not a devout Catholic. In other words, he’s no Tim Tebow.

Tom Brady’s political affiliation has actually been the subject of significant controversy. In 2004, Massachusetts was in the national spotlight with Brady leading the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl while Massachusetts Senator John Kerry was attempting to unseat George W. Bush as president. Naturally, Massachusetts was rooting for Kerry, but Brady was attending Bush’s State of the Union Address.

As a result, Brady came under quite a bit of political scrutiny, with some news organizations going so far as to try to trace his voting record across numerous addresses and states. They didn’t find much. Some argued that Brady was merely an unwilling pawn in the grand chess game of election year politics. When Brady appeared on 60 Minutes and was directly asked: “Republican or Democrat?” He dodged, saying, “You know, I’m actually an Independent, and I have been for some time. But there’s no doubt this world needs a lot of help.”

But analysts have largely come to the conclusion that if Brady had to choose, he’d be a Republican – not only because he attended Bush’s State of the Union, but also because he said that the person he most enjoyed meeting was former Republican President Gerald Ford.

As for Donald Trump, the president claimed Tom Brady’s support during the recent presidential campaign. “Tom called today and said, ‘Donald, I support you, you’re my friend, and I voted for you.'” However, Brady never came out publicly for Trump. His wife, Gisele, when asked if he supported Trump, gave a resounding “No!” Still, he often wore a “Make America Great Again” cap in the locker room, according to teammates and many in the local sports media world.

Beyond that, Brady has expressed a desire to run for a Senate seat, probably in California, saying politics is his “craziest ambition.” Why not? Schwarzenegger did it and Brady has the charisma and the money.

About the Author

Tom Kershaw is a freelance writer. An avid musician, he describes himself as a “musician, family man, and writer.” He has been published by numerous print and web-based outlets.

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