Tom Brady Once Refused to Sign His Picture for a Fan Because His Mechanics Looked Bad in It

Revisiting a fascinating anecdote from 2015 when Tom Brady, the legendary NFL quarterback, refused to sign a fan's photo because his throwing mechanics looked flawed.

Written by Dev , Writer
Published on May 27, 2024 | 04:01 AM IST | 83.2K
Tom Brady, the legendary NFL quarterback, refused to sign a fan's photo because his throwing mechanics looked flawed.
Tom Brady (Image Credits: Getty Images)

In November 2015, amid Tom Brady's illustrious NFL career, a captivating story surfaced, shedding light on the quarterback's unwavering commitment to excellence. 

At the ripe age of 38, Brady was in the midst of one of his finest seasons, leading the New England Patriots to an impressive 8-0 start.

Tom Brady’s Secret to Defying Age

To combat the inevitable effects of aging and maintain his exceptional performance, Brady adopted a meticulous approach, obsessing over every aspect of his routine – from his diet and sleep patterns to his throwing mechanics. 

While his arm strength may have waned over time, his accuracy remained remarkably sharp, with a completion percentage of over 68% – his highest since the 2007 season.

A Glimpse into Tom Brady's Obsessiveness 

In a revealing profile by Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post, a hilarious yet insightful anecdote emerged, showcasing Brady's obsession with perfection. 

As Jenkins recounted, the head of Patriots media relations approached Brady with a photo, requesting his autograph. 

However, to their surprise, Brady rejected the photo, citing a flaw in his throwing mechanics. With a discerning eye, he uttered the words, "I don't want that one – look at my mechanics."

As Jenkins aptly observed, Brady possessed an insatiable "taste for tedium," and he wholeheartedly embraced the process of perfecting his skills. 


In his own words, Brady expressed, "I think at this stage in my career, I'm just very efficient with how I prepare my body... I love the whole process and preparation. And I'm always looking for ways to improve."

This anecdote shed light on the extraordinary lengths Brady went to maintain his status as an elite athlete, even at an age when most would consider retirement. 

His dedication was unparalleled – he went to bed at 8:30 pm, indulged in avocado-based ice cream as a treat, abstained from drinking or going out after games, and even watched game film at 3:30 am.

Given the immense effort and sacrifices Brady made to hone his craft, it was only natural for him to be discerning about the images that represented his throwing form. 

If he was willing to dedicate himself so wholeheartedly to perfecting his mechanics, it was only fitting that he held the same high standards for the photographs he autographed.


As the anecdote reminds us, Tom Brady's relentless pursuit of perfection extended beyond the playing field and into every aspect of his life, shaping his legacy as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

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