Did Tom Brady make a sly move to cover up the Nike logo on his shirt during his MVP speech last night? You decide.
Last night, Tom Brady made history once again for claiming his fifth Super Bowl MVP and his seventh Super Bowl ring. This means the 43-year-old GOAT now has more Super Bowl wins than any of the 32 NFL teams.
Tom Brady and Nike
As an Under Armour athlete and endorser, Brady made a sly move to cover the Nike Swoosh on the neck of his white undershirt. We could be looking too far into it, and the action might have been simply out of comfort, but we doubt it.
While it wasn’t a blatant move, he casually moved his massive Super Bowl Champions shirt to cover the logo after noticing it was showing. A move that his sponsor can surely appreciate.
As huge competitors, Brady sports almost all Under Armour gear, including cleats and a glove on his left hand.
On the other hand, the NFL, as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, have an equipment contract with Nike.
This explains why Tom Brady was rocking the Nike undershirt. However, Brady covered it with a Nike “Super Bowl Champion” t-shirt, which also has the logo on it. It kind of defeats the purpose, but the effort is what counts.
However, realizing how massive the platform he was currently on at the Super Bowl, he covered the large Swoosh that obviously stood out from the white shirt.
Michael Jordan and Reebok
Tom Brady isn’t the only athlete to have pulled the sponsor move. During the 1992 Olympics, Michael Jordan had a battle between team sponsorships and individual sponsorships.
During the Olympics, Team USA was sponsored by Reebok. When the 1992 “Dream Team” won gold, the athletes were required to wear the Reebok warmups on the podium.
A few players found a loophole in the requirement, however. The NBA stars half-zipped their jackets, just enough to cover the Reebok logo. Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Magic Johnson held American flags around their shoulders to further conceal the Reebok logo.
Tom Brady didn’t pull off the move as well as Jordan. In most of the athlete’s photos holding the Lombardi Trophy, the Nike logo is easily seen.
[H/T Yahoo! Sports]