FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – See, Tom Seaver fans, there’s an explanation from Tom Brady that just begs for your mercy.
The New England Patriots quarterback insisted on Thursday that he wasn’t trying to steal Seaver’s “Tom Terrific” moniker as he sought to trademark the nickname. He was trying to “protect” it – which fueled some major brushback from New York Mets fans.
“It’s unfortunate,” Brady told reporters as the Patriots wrapped up a three-day minicamp. “I was actually trying to do something because I didn’t like the nickname and I wanted to make sure no one used it, because some people wanted to use it.
“I wanted to keep people from using it, then it got spun around to something different than what it was. Good lesson learned … trying to do things a little different in the future.”
BRENNAN: Tom Brady needs to keep his hands off 'Tom Terrific' nickname
Brady, poised to receive his sixth Super Bowl championship ring during a bash at team owner Robert Kraft’s house on Thursday night, surely doesn’t need a new nickname. His TB12 brand has become a signature in its own right. Yet it’s also understandable why Mets fans had a tizzy over the thought that Brady memorabilia, for instance, would be stamped as “Tom Terrific.”
Brady, 41, said that he had no plans to be linked to such merchandise. I asked Brady if his intent was more driven to pay homage to Seaver’s legacy rather than create business for himself with nickname.
“Well, I didn’t want people to associate me with that,” Brady said. “That’s something I didn’t want to happen. I don’t like the nickname, I don’t like when people give me nice compliments – certainly that was not something I was trying to do out of any disrespect, ill manner or anything like that.”
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