If you’ve been on the internet this morning, then you probably know that the world is celebrating Tom Brady‘s 40th birthday today. That right, the NFL’s greatest quarterback hit the 4 0 today and one of the biggest reasons why he’s still in the NFL is that he carefully regulates what he puts into his body. He doesn’t eat dairy, tomatoes, pepper, mushrooms or most fruits—“I have no desire to do that,” Brady once said of eating a single strawberry—and he rarely drinks alcohol. But, on those occasions he does enjoy an adult beverage he can really put them back.
For Brady’s 40th birthday, ESPN featured a fantastic collection of behind-the-scenes stories about the legendary QB from former teammates, coaches, and confidants. One of the stories is how Brady destroyed the rest of the team in a drinking challenge, many of them way, way bigger than he is. Former New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer told the tale of how Brady wrecked teammates in a beer-chugging contest.
The whole team is there. And it turns into a beer-chugging contest. You have linemen, Julian Edelman, they all think they are going to win. Then someone says, ‘I heard Tom is really great at chugging a beer.’ We don’t usually get to experience him like this, but we finally coax him into doing it. He does it, and let me tell you, you couldn’t have poured out the beer faster into a glass. It was unbelievable. And he slams the mug on the table and puts both fists in the air. He walks away with a look on his face that said, ‘You really thought you were going to beat me on this?’ The place went nuts.”
That wasn’t the first time, either. Former NFL lineman Ross Tucker, who played one season in New England four years before Hoyer’s arrival, shared a similar story in a Sports on Earth column in 2014.
[S]ome of the veteran offensive linemen started talking to the rookies about a chugging contest. No big deal for these guys and given that they were fresh out of college, you would think they’d be at the top of their game. I was surprised to see Brady take part. The rookies looked at the seemingly pretty boy quarterback and laughed. I think I snickered myself.
We all should’ve known better.
I still have never seen anybody chug a beer faster than Tom Brady. You should’ve seen the way he slammed down his cup — it was like he was spiking the ball after a TD. It was hilarious. It was awesome. It was textbook Brady.
A Brady vs. Gronk matchup would be the Super Bowl of beer chugging.