Tom Brady: “Unfortunate” what happened with “Tom Terrific”

AP

Tom Brady‘s attempt to trademark the name “Tom Terrific” drew some ire from fans and former teammates of Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver and Brady shared some thoughts on the matter Thursday.

The trademark filings was related to using the name for trading cards, other collectibles and clothing, but Brady said merchandising wasn’t the intent of the move. Brady told reporters at the Patriots facility that he is not a fan of the nickname and that he tried to gain the trademark in order to keep anyone from using it in concert with his name.

Brady said it was “unfortunate” that it looked like he was trying to block Seaver or his family from using the name.

“Good lesson learned and I’ll try to do things a little different in the future,” Brady said, via NBCSportsBoston.com.

And that’s the end of the ballad of “Tom Terrific” for this offseason.

49 responses to “Tom Brady: “Unfortunate” what happened with “Tom Terrific”

  1. Right…

    He tried to trademark it so HE would profit if anyone used it..not them

  2. Getting it copyrighted was a smart move because otherwise someone is going to try to make a buck putting out a Tom Terrific something or other. If he wants to clarify what he does and does not want it for one option is to give the copyright to the Seaver family to own. Or sell it to them for a dollar, whatever it takes.

  3. This is done everyday by celebs and corporations to protect their brand. Just look at the trademark the Kardashian clan has??? I’ve seen “Tom Terrific” shirts in blue and red with the number 12 on them, I’d cringe too if I was Brady. It’s not even a good nickname. Not to mention, when’s the last time anyone has thought of Tom Seaver? I haven’t in decades and I know members of his family I grew up with in Massachusetts.

  4. savagenation2011 says:
    June 6, 2019 at 12:29 pm
    Right…

    He tried to trademark it so HE would profit if anyone used it..not them

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    I may be inclined to believe this comment if we were discussing say, Leveon Bell, or another player in the league who is clearly money first. I’m not inclined to believe it when discussing a guy who routinely takes pay cuts for the betterment of his team.

  5. Don’t see how you can copyright something so generic! Anyway Seaver in the 1960s wasn’t the original “Tom Terrific” as it was a 1950s cartoon series (which maybe where fans got the idea from). But there were probably various Toms in history across the World who got “Terrific” appended to their name as writing such alliterated monikers became popular at least as far back as late Victorian Times.

  6. daddeeo says:
    June 6, 2019 at 12:57 pm
    It’s lame anyways. TB12 – I would wear on a hat. Tom Terrific? No thanks

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    Thats pretty much what Brady’s point was. He thinks its stupid. So seeing it is embarrassing and uncomfortable for him. And he has the resources to insure he doesn’t have to see it.

  7. George Thomas Seaver (born November 17, 1944), nicknamed Tom Terrific and The Franchise,

    So the NY media and fans will hate it if a person tries to trademark “The Franchise”?

  8. Brady’s explanation makes more sense than the accusation he was trying to profit from it did.

    “Tom Terrific” is belittling. If Brady controls it he can let whoever use it he wants to while also preventing it. Giving the copyright to Seaver’s family – or anyone else – would defeat the purpose of owning it.

  9. If published in the 50’s the comic strip would have 95 years of copyright proection anyway.

    Can’t blame Brady for wanting to protect the use of his image. If Mr. Seaver didn’t try it, that’s on him, right?

  10. This reminds me of a tact Google took when it tried to protect the company name by not allowing it to be used as a verb. That failed and “google” is almost synonomous with searching the internet. I can see why Brady tried to trademark Tom Terrific.

  11. Loads of well known athletes have the same nickname, LT, Rocket, Sugar Ray, Pudge, ARod etc.

    And you do not need to register a name or logo to claim a trademark. If Seaver’s people can easily file an objection if it means that much to them. It’s really only Seaver and Brady’s business. Its not a big deal.

  12. I’m a local(Salem MA) season ticket holder(shared) and have never heard anyone call Brady ‘Tom Terrific.’

  13. Kudos to the guy in the media that asked Brady if there was some hidden meaning to a post he made. Good to see someone looking to clarify a false narrative. BB’s pressers have been a waste of his time. They have been short with very few questions.

    You have to watch Brady’s presser. A guy in direct view of the camera was wearing a baseball cap with a BIG and I mean BIG L.

  14. When I hear someone mention “Tom Terrific” I think of Tom Seaver. I’d be willing to bet anyone who watched him pitch would say the same thing. I don’t recall hearing Brady called that.

    If he is trying to trademark it to keep others from making money on it I understand that. If he is trying to trademark it to keep Tom Seaver from using it then I don’t agree with it.

  15. wow, it’s just sad the amount of ignorant hate directed at Brady. I wish PFT would have printed his entire quote. He went on to say that basically he is uncomfortable getting compliments, he hates the moniker Tom Terrific, and since he knew some people wanted to market that, related to him he wanted to shut that down, so he wouldnt have to see merchandise referring to him as Tom Terrific. Makes total sense, except to the rabid haters. Brady is and always will be a class act. And, the hatred due to jealousy will continue

  16. Ok, I’ll admit I had to Google who Tom Seaver was. Had never heard of him, but then I’m not a baseball fan. After reading about GEORGE Tom Seaver, my comment would be: His name isn’t even Tom and I’d say HE was infringing on the cartoon character. Don’t blame Brady at all for wanting to block “Tom Terrific” from being associated with his name. It’s embarrassing.

  17. Tom Terrific was an early animated series on American television, presented as part of the Captain Kangaroo children’s television show. Appropriate for Brady?

  18. Tom Seaver using it? Not to be insensitive, but Seaver has dementia. It’s Mets fans, led by Esiason’s outrage(probably for ratings, at least in part), that stirred up this stupid pot.

  19. I do not even remotely believe that lame excuse. Either he is lying, which is likely. Or he is an idiot, which he is not. It was an arrogant move by an arrogant player who would be elite but never confused with GOAT if it hasn’t been for Bill B. Bill B made Matt Cassell look good. And a whole bunch of other players.

  20. footballfan58 says:
    June 6, 2019 at 2:21 pm
    Ok, I’ll admit I had to Google who Tom Seaver was. Had never heard of him, but then I’m not a baseball fan. After reading about GEORGE Tom Seaver, my comment would be: His name isn’t even Tom and I’d say HE was infringing on the cartoon character. Don’t blame Brady at all for wanting to block “Tom Terrific” from being associated with his name. It’s embarrassing.

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    Full name is George Thomas Seaver. Nothing weird about him going by Tom — tons of people go by their middle names. Also, not sure why you’re getting worked up at Seaver. He didn’t even say anything.

    Brady has the right to trademark a name, but if you spent your career being associated with a name and then someone else trademarked it, I could see being annoyed. It’s like if someone other than Namath or Unitas went and trademarked Broadway Joe or Johnny U., especially when the person trademarking the name thinks it’s a stupid nickname. As multiple other people have said, no one even calls Tom Brady “Tom Terrific” except some hack company selling garbage that no one will buy. Seems pointless for him to trademark the name because he’s worried about it.

  21. The Tom Terrific moniker has been used about Brady since 2002 when he won his first championship. After nearly 20 years I don’t see how it could still bug him.

  22. So Brady snuck in during the night and stole the nickname trademark from Seaver……33 years after his last pitch?!?!?!

    Gimme a break!

  23. As an intellectual property attorney, I think Tom Brady is either 1) lying about obtaining a trademark to prevent use by others and not using it himself; or 2) hired a really crappy IP attorney. Trademarks are used to identify commercial goods or services with a source. The mark in question must either already be in use on commercially available goods or services or will be in use on such goods or services within 6 months in order to obtain a trademark. Registered trademarks that are not in commercial use may be revoked. So, Tom could not obtain a trademark solely to prevent others from using the mark without offering goods or services using the trademark or having plans to do so. I suspect Tom’s backtracking because he can afford the best attorneys money can buy.

  24. Brady hired a crappy attorney, but can afford the best attorneys money can buy. I see a logical fallacy there.

  25. objectivefbfan says:
    June 6, 2019 at 2:54 pm
    …It was an arrogant move by an arrogant player who would be elite but never confused with GOAT if it hasn’t been for Bill B. Bill B made Matt Cassell look good. And a whole bunch of other players.
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    In case you weren’t paying attention, the GOAT discussion is passing you by. It’s patently ridiculous to suggest there would be any confusion about GOAT at this point. The confusion seems pretty isolated. There are very few HOF coaches we can’t claim they made players look good. Similarly, there are a ton of players that make coaches look good. The credit swings both ways. That said, to suggest Brady is who he is solely on the coat tails of Bill B. is not only wholly incorrect but completely laughable.

  26. Brady was trademarking it for one reason. To make $$$ off it. Once he was aware of the backlash because of it, he backpedaled better than any d-back.

    Seaver was one of my all-time favorites growing up, but no fan under the age of 45 is going to know that Saever was referred to as “Tom Terrific” Seaver was also known as “The Franchise” a nickname that many different athletes in various sports use today.

    I don’t think anyone has a problem with the nickname, it’s the fact he was looking to trademark it. I don’t buy his reason for doing so either. What’s next, kids trying to trademark nicknames other kids call them that they don’t like?

  27. But he IS terrific. What is everyone complaining about?
    How many World Series rings does Tom Seaver have? Maybe we should have a talk with HIM about hogging up that nickname. I didn’t hear too many complaints over everyone calling Ivan Rodriguez “Pudge” as though that were the first time that name was ever used for a catcher.

  28. ibillwt says:

    who cares if NY fans got their feelings hurt? brady should take what he wants from them – always has.

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