Tom Brady explains what a day in the life of Tom Brady is like
The league's oldest starting quarterback gets up at 5:30 a.m. every day.
Being Tom Brady isn't easy.
Sure, being a millionaire who has a supermodel wife sounds easy, but that doesn't really do justice to the rest of Brady's life.
For one, Brady is the oldest starting quarterback in the NFL, a league where old people don't last very long. Not only is Brady the oldest starting quarterback in the NFL, but he's also the oldest non-kicker.
To make it in professional football at age 38 (he turns 39 in August), Brady really has to take care of his body, and that's where his day starts.
The quarterback says the he wakes up at 5:30 a.m. every day.
Don't panic though, Patriots fans, Brady is still getting plenty of sleep: He goes to bed at 8:30 p.m.
"I don't go to bed at 1 a.m. and wake up at 5 a.m. and say, 'Let's see if I can get this done today,'" Brady told ABC News in an interview this week. "Because my career is so important, I think I make a lot of, I wouldn't call them sacrifices, but just concessions for my job. I love what I do and I want to do it for a long time."
Between the Patriots and his family, Brady doesn't really have time for anything else.
"As you get older, you have more responsibilities, you have more commitments, more events, kids, you're married now," Brady said. "You still have all the things that you've had, plus you just keep adding. I got a lot."
Brady and Gisele, who've been married since 2009, have two kids together, and kids mean that there's not much time for anything else.
Basically, if you're one of Brady's close friends and he hasn't seen you lately, he has an explanation for that.
"Sometimes, it's hard to cut things out, for me where I cut is like my friends, they probably don't get as much time as they used to," Brady said.
If Brady's not spending time with his family, then he's probably watching film.
"When you're one of the leaders of the team, there are no days off," Brady said.
When it's time to eat in the Brady household, Brady isn't going to eat what you're probably eating.
If you haven't heard about Brady's famously restrictive diet, here's a brief recap: He doesn't like to eat sugar, white flour, olive oil, iodized salt, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, eggplants, all caffeine and dairy products.
And that's just a small list.
"I have to make different choices, there's no other 39-year-olds playing now at quarterback. So, you better do things a little differently," Brady said. "I try to not eat as much sugar, but it's so hard in our American diet to do that. ... It's hard to completely avoid. I don't drink much alcohol."
So what does he eat?
"A lot of veggies, a lot of lean meats, nothing that's going to set me back," Brady said.
On the other hand, Brady is not going to judge you if you want to stuff your face with Funyons.
"If you like it, you should enjoy it," Brady said. "Moderation in everything. If there's things you really love, you should enjoy. You get one life, so you should enjoy it."
If you want to eat like Brady, you can!
The quarterback just released a $200 cookbook that consists of 89 recipes that all use ingredients that are Brady-approved. After dinner, it's time for bedtime in the Brady house, and that's when things get interesting.
Brady likes to read to his kids before bed.
"[The kids] always get a book before bed, sometimes two if they're nice to me," Brady told People.com. "It's such precious time -- you don't want to rush those things."
Although Brady has a slightly different diet than most people, his taste in children's books isn't that surprising: He likes the classics.
"I love the Dr. Seuss books, because I love reading them," Brady said. "Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss ... those are the ones that I love. I'm always like, 'Can I pick the book tonight?'"
When Brady doesn't get to pick the book, his two kids will sometimes pick a book that's written in Portuguese. Mom and the kids can speak Portuguese, but Brady's not very good.
"We have a lot of Portuguese books in the house and those are funny. My kids can [speak Portuguese], but I can't read it, so I probably screw up half the words," Brady said. "If they want to pick one of those books, they can, and that's one of the ones that I read. It's hard."
So Brady does have a weakness: Reading Portuguese.
Jets fans, make sure to taunt him with signs written in Portuguese the next time the Patriots are playing in New York.
Anyway, between his family and football, it might not sound like Brady has much downtime, and that's the truth.
"During the season, most of my time to unwind is in my car ride home," Brady told ABC News. "When I get home, it's being with my kids. There's not much time to unwind, but you know what, it's because I love what I do. I look forward to the season. I look forward to playing games. It doesn't ever feel like work."
When Brady does get some downtime in the offseason, there are a few things that he does like to do.
"I have hobbies. I like being active," Brady said. "I like to surf a lot, play a little bit of golf."
He also likes to cliff-dive.
Based on Brady's lifestyle, it looks like Benjamin Franklin was right: "Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."
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