Tom Brady Lends Support for Naomi Osaka After She Announces Break from Tennis

by Thad Mitchell
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National Football League superstar and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady knows a thing or two about being under immense pressure.

Largely considered the “GOAT” among professional football players, Tom Brady has played on the brightest of stages. He has seven Super Bowl wins to his name and has played in 10 Super Bowls during his 21 years as an NFL player. On top of that, he’s been in numerous playoff games, pro bowls, and other high-stakes football games. This past season, Brady won his seventh NFL championship despite playing with a brand new team and in the midst of a deadly pandemic. In other words, Tom Brady knows what it is like to play through adversity and under pressure.

It comes as no surprise that Tom Brady is voicing his support for fellow professional athletes that are feeling the mounting pressure. Speaking about tennis star Naomi Osaka and Olympian Simone Biles, Brady says the pressure to perform at the highest level can cause a great deal of stress. In a recent interview with USA TODAY, the “GOAT” says he knows where both of these athletes are coming from. Both Osaka and Biles have taken time away from their sports, citing mental health concerns.

“It’s interesting,” Tom Brady says. “I think there are so many young people in sports. Obviously, Naomi’s really young. Simone’s really young. I’m 44. When I was 24, I certainly didn’t have all the answers to all the different pressures and the adversities that you face. I don’t know if we have expectations for people that we should have all the answers, have all things figured out at young ages.”

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The quarterback certainly speaks the truth as mental health issues seem to strike more and more young people. Osaka and Biles are the two most recent examples but to many young people, the pressure to perform can sometimes bring out the worst.

“It’s very difficult to deal with a lot of things that are thrust upon you when you have a degree of success.,” Tom Brady continues. “Things in your family dynamics change. You’re still learning and growing. You’re going through a lot at 21, 22, 23, 24, just as a human being. And now you’re dealing with it on the world stage. So, there’s absolutely challenges to be dealt with and adversities to overcome at that age. Even at 44, you’re dealing with different things and adversities. And now you have kids, wives and off-field stuff like we all do in our careers. So, life has its challenges for all of us. You just hope that people can manage them and get through them in as healthy way of a way as possible and that you can learn from them and that they make you into a more self-aware person. And that’s obviously what I hope for Simone and Naomi.”

Wise words here from Tom Brady and hopefully something we can learn from. Brady and the Bucs will get the 2021 NFL season started against the Dallas Cowboys this Thursday.