Yesterday, I had a chance to talk with Tom Brady, Sr. in his Boston office. Yes, that Tom Brady. Father of New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady.
It was actually the second time I had had a chance to talk with Tom. The first time was at a seminar in Harvard Square a year or two back in which he was on the panel. This time we had a chance to talk at length. I came away with a much better understanding of the "recipe" he used in raising a super hero: not only an elite athlete, but a wonderful person, too.
The best thing Tom Brady's father may have done for him was not talking to his college football coach at the University of Michigan about his son's lack of playing time.