Editor's note: This story has been updated after Super Bowl LI and for Tom Brady's birthday.
Tom Brady is a five-time NFL champion.
Earlier this year, the New England Patriots quarterback, who celebrates his 40th birthday today, led his team back from a 25-point deficit to win the Super bowl 34-28 in overtime. Brady also won the Super Bowl MVP award.
That's a pretty good night for Brady. He's now the only quarterback to win five Super Bowl rings. That makes him unique.
Brady is also unique when it comes to his religion.
The New England Patriots quarterback, a symbol of success, fame and fortune, believes in everything. According to The New York Times’ Mark Leibovich, Brady’s faith falls on a more spiritual path since he doesn’t believe in a specific God or religious practice. Rather, he has a mix of everything.
Leibovich surveyed Brady’s house and saw Bibles all over the place. And back in 2009, Brady and his supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen got married in a small Catholic church in Santa Monica, California. Leibovich also saw menorahs in Brady’s apartment.
“We’re not Jewish,” Brady told Leibovich. “But I think we’re into everything. I don’t know what I believe. I think there’s a belief system, I’m just not sure what it is.”
Brady has mentioned God before in interviews. In one interview for “60 Minutes,” Brady talked about God and how there’s got to be more to life than winning Super Bowls, which, he said, inspired some believers to mail home copies of the Bible. According to Leibovich, Brady marveled in how his younger self had a different set of religious views than he does today.
Brady’s unique perspective on faith is surprising, given that Brady grew up in a Catholic home, according to Hollowverse, an information website on the religious and political views of celebrities. And Brady has stepped away from his faith in certain aspects, like having a child out of wedlock with supermodel Bridget Moynihan.
“It might be safe to say that Brady is not a devout Catholic,” according to the Hollowverse. “He’s more concerned with winning Super Bowls and having children with extremely beautiful women. In other words, he’s no Tim Tebow.”
According to Catholic Online, Brady’s dad, Tom Brady Sr., is a devout Catholic who almost became a priest. Brady Sr. said that in times of trouble, his family relies on their faith to help them through.
That’s a message the junior Brady could use this Sunday. One in four Americans believes God plays a role in football games, especially major games like the Super Bowl. Brady may not know where his faith lies. But on Super Bowl Sunday, some sort of faith may come in handy.
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