Tom Brady has gone a step beyond the kind of tribute men often make to their wives in acceptance speeches, detailing Gisele Bundchen’s integral role in his success.
The Patriots quarterback, who this week broke a record to become the NFL player with the most ever Super Bowl wins, took the opportunity in an interview on Good Morning America to acknowledge he couldn’t have made history without his wife.
“She’s my rock,” Brady told host Michael Strahan of his wife of a decade.
“She’s just one of the most caring, nurturing people in the world and the way she takes care of our family when I’m working, sacrificing a lot of her dreams, you know, that she wants to do for me, I can only tell her I love her so much and she knows and she feels it and this is—family is so important to me,” the six-time Super Bowl winner explained.
Bundchen, the highest paid supermodel in the world from 2002 until 2017, has never publicly said she scaled back commitments so her husband could shine. But it’s only logical that when one of the most successful NFL players in history is in your marriage, there’s not a lot of room for much else – at least during football season.
“I think for her, you know, a lot of times things revolve around me in the house because football’s a schedule…and [in] a lot of ways I’m absent in a way and lose track of my responsibilities in the house, you know, and I think she carries the burden a lot of the times,” he admitted.
“I don’t do much and I think that’s the thing that…I’m going to do a better job of because she deserves it, too.”
It’s a poignant moment for Brady to acknowledge his wife’s sacrifice to allow his success, with movie The Wife dominating the nominations this awards season. The film starring Glenn Close, tells the story of a woman who (without giving too much away) sacrificed her own success for the sake of her Nobel Prize-winning husband.
But let’s not forget Ryan Gosling was ahead of the curve. In his 2017 Golden Globes Best Actor speech, he acknowledged he wouldn’t be up there without Eva Mendes.