Quarterback dad bods don’t matter at all

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A stir of sorts was created when photos emerged of shirtless Tom Brady looking like anything but the product of a life devoted to diet and exercise. Those who were shocked by Brady’s dad bod apparently haven’t seen many shirtless quarterbacks.

Pro football has a spot for all sizes and shapes of players, and quarterbacks notoriously are among the least ripped and buff of the bunch. Joe Montana would never have been confused with Mr. Universe; hell, he would have been the “before” picture touting the potential benefits of a 30-day workout regimen. A couple of years ago, Tony Romo drew attention for apparently being a little loose in the cage as he jogged to the practice field, in a shirt that was clinging to the flesh of his midsection.

As to Brady, why is anyone surprised by his physique? He already looked like a middle-aged man who rolled out of bed to deal with the effects of an overactive prostate at the Scouting Combine, more than 18 years ago.

Besides, his TB12 method isn’t about getting jacked. It’s about being pliable and flexible and able to use his body the way he needs to use it.

The TB12 Twitter account confirmed that fact, proclaiming that “it’s more important to get six rings than to get a six pack,” and that the “TB12 Method is not about making you the MVP of the gym. . . . [i]t’s about living with vitality, being mentally strong, and enabling you to sustain your peak performance, so you can be MVP when it counts.”

Brady is among the league’s all-time greats. He’s still going strong as his 41st birthday approaches, in a game dominated by kids in their early 20s. And that’s all that matter.

Even if he would have had a hard time beating out Patrick Swayze in a Chippendale’s audition.

45 responses to “Quarterback dad bods don’t matter at all

  1. I mean, I always enjoyed Favre as a QB and by his own admission he didn’t know what a nickel defense was and spent most of his time hepped up on goofballs.

  2. He plays in a system that doesn’t require him to be super athletic. He is not asked to run the football like Cam, use his legs to buy time for receivers to get open like Russell Wilson. The system makes sure Brady is well protected in the pocket, receivers run precise routes and are open each and every time. All he has to do is release the football on time. The coaches are the best in the business for schemes and making necessary adjustments as needed. So Brady’s soft dad bod is really not a big deal.

  3. he’s got a gut, flabby, and soft .if i’m belichick i make him parade topless around the training table

  4. He looks about the same as he did in his infamous combine photo about 20 yrs ago, looks can be deceiving apparently, he has been super durable throughout his whole career with the exception of the year he tore his ACL, during a strange tackle where the defender was on the ground grabbed at him and popped his ACL, they made a rule against that thereafter.

  5. It’s amazing to me that people (on other sites) are getting all worked up about Brady’s body, which looks perfectly normal unless you’re a gym monster. Why would he waste his time getting ripped, when developing that kind of musculature wouldn’t help him play his position?

    Too many people would rather get their pathetic jollies body-shaming some stranger than using their heads and realizing that making ESPN: The Body Issue doesn’t translate to being a QB who delivers.

  6. James Jackson says:
    July 24, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    He looks about the same as he did in his infamous combine photo about 20 yrs ago, looks can be deceiving apparently, he has been super durable throughout his whole career with the exception of the year he tore his ACL, during a strange tackle where the defender was on the ground grabbed at him and popped his ACL, they made a rule against that thereafter.
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    Brady’s ACL was in 08, youre thinking of the Carson Palmer injury in the 2006 playoffs. A guy from the Steelers came in low on Palmer’s knee and tore the entire thing to shreads. Wasn’t nearly as dirty as Pollards was on Brady if i remember it correctly. i think they had the cant go low on the qb rule for the next season.

  7. Umm….that’s not a Dad Bod. That’s pretty decent shape. QBs shouldn’t be ripped and tight. It’s about flexibility, arm strength and intelligence more than pecs & abs.

  8. The system makes sure Brady is well protected in the pocket, receivers run precise routes and are open each and every time. All he has to do is release the football on time

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    That’s all it is huh? Where’s the high school kid who could do the same thing for next to nothing? Have they decided to pick one at random yet and plug him into the magic? Holy Mackeral….

    We’re all officially dumber for having read this “analysis”

    At least you stick to your script, no matter how silly everyone thinks it is. I’ll give you that.

  9. I have never seen a QB who takes snaps from shotgun and just stands there not moving, looks around, throws ball. Again and again. His O-line should get a heck of a lot more credit for his greatness. They allow him to have that body.

  10. 4gone says:
    July 24, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    I have never seen a QB who takes snaps from shotgun and just stands there not moving, looks around, throws ball. Again and again.
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    Pats fans have seen it plenty but it was from Brady’s predecessor. Bledsoe was a statue and he took the punishment that went along with it. If you can’t see the way Brady moves inside the pocket to buy time and haven’t heard the myriad of defenders who praise how he does it you must be pretty new to this NFL thing.

  11. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    July 24, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    4gone says:
    July 24, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    I have never seen a QB who takes snaps from shotgun and just stands there not moving, looks around, throws ball. Again and again.
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    Pats fans have seen it plenty but it was from Brady’s predecessor. Bledsoe was a statue and he took the punishment that went along with it. If you can’t see the way Brady moves inside the pocket to buy time and haven’t heard the myriad of defenders who praise how he does it you must be pretty new to this NFL thing.

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    So you admit there is a pocket and it is big enough and gives him enough time to escape a 270lbs+ defender inside of it? So what’s the big deal? Other QBs could do the same.

  12. its old news that brady hates working out and has alway been a little chubb. that might be the oldest disagreement between brady and belichick. brady refuses to run gassers and complete regular conditioning tests

  13. Anybody remember Peyton Manning shirtless in an SNL sketch of the movie “300”, back in 2007?
    “Throw the rock, Mitch!”

    His torso looked like it was sculpted out of mashed potatoes and socks…

  14. His forearms are pretty jacked if you look at them, he prob has the Adrian Peterson deathgrip handshake. Forearms play a big part of throwing a football, he knows what he’s doing, he’s trying to do solidify himself as the GOAT. I’m a Bills fan, so I have come to hate but respect Tom Brady for the last 20 yrs, I’m just hoping father time kicks in sometime soon. Hopefully Darnold doesn’t pull a Brady on us for the next 20 yrs, if so I sure hope Josh Allen can make it a Kelly & Marino thing.

  15. “How much money does kraft pay him off the books?”

    Nothing. He and his wife are worth over half a billion between them, and he has the TB12 sports medicine clinics to keep generating huge income after he retires. Not to mention the NFL money and endorsements still coming in.

    When people like you make this claim it reflects more about yourself than Brady, that you in that situation would take under the table payments that there are absolutely no need for. Not everyone is as greedy as you would be in his position

  16. When you’ve repeatedly done things that no one else has ever done and everyone knows you’re the GOAT and you know you’re the GOAT, you’re pretty secure about the body image. That body has absorbed more punishment than any qb in history and somehow just keeps getting up and playing lights out.

  17. He looks like he’s in the exact same shape he was in when he was drafted which is why he went in the sixth round (he’s “normal guy” in shape) not dad bod at all especially post 40 which he is.

    If you want a QB who looks like Brady Quinn (who was on the cover of a few muscle mags) be prepared to have the win/loss record of a QB like Brady Quinn who had the dexterity of Ken doll thanks to all that muscle mass.

  18. Love the Patrick Swayze reference..very funny skit. But to have an article about a QBs body who has multiple MVPs and five RINGs is ridiculous. I saw pics of Colin Kap’s body and the guy was a gym rat. Where’s he at now?

  19. I bet the great Nolan Ryan was built the same way when he was in his 40’s still tossing no hitters. Tom Brady is a lot like a power pitcher in baseball.

  20. This is all true but when I’m in my 40s (39 now) I’m going to be functional and look like it, too. of course I am not a world class pro athlete and make less than 1% his salary; props to him.

  21. I don’t see the problem. He has decent biceps, and some pecs, not huge, and a very minor pooch. What goes unsaid is the pooch on his wife. That’s forbidden territory. You can body shame a man, but if you body shame a woman the world comes unglued. By that I mean overweight blue haired feminist shrikes and their misguided beta orbiters. But men are of course fair game. It’s a good thing most men don’t operate on feelz or we’d all be doomed. I work out, and play sports, and I’d say my body is similar to Tom’s. I might have a little more in the pic area from weights, but I’ve learned that too many hours in the gym takes away from the rest of my life. It drains my physical energy which taps into my mental energy, and leaves me with sore joints and tendons and muscles. There’s a price to be paid for that. I’ve backed off on The weightlifting and I feel better, I’m quicker, I have more energy, and I’m playing better. I’ve regained some of my vitality that I thought I was generating in the gym for 2 to 3 hours a day. Quality of life has become more important to me. Contrary to the words of the immortal Nando, “it is better to feel good than to look good, I always say.”

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