The story, kept under wraps since 2013 when the Patriots signed Amendola away from the Rams, was revealed by Amendola during an appearance on ESPN on Tuesday. Apparently when Amendola first arrived in New England, Brady offered him a chance to play some ping pong.
Amendola immediately had a problem on his hands. He knew he was better than Brady at ping pong, but didn't want to beat Brady too badly because he needed Brady to throw him the football during the season. Still, despite Amendola's best efforts, their game resulted in a broken paddle.
Here's how Amendola told the story on ESPN:
"He's so competitive ... I remember one story: It was my first week in the building and he wanted to play some ping pong. I didn't really know how to go about it. I knew I was better than him, I didn't want to beat him too bad because I wanted him to throw me the ball ... I knew I was better. Needless to say, his competitive nature unleashed a broken paddle by the end of it. It's the reason why we love him and the reason why he's the best quarterback."
That ping pong incident hasn't affected their relationship on the field. Paired with Brady for three seasons, Amendola's caught 146 passes for 1,481 yards and six touchdowns. In the past two offseasons, he's even accepted paycuts to remain with Brady in New England.
Amendola underwent two surgeries this offseason, but he told ESPN that he was feeling good.