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“I Love Having Him”: Tom Brady’s Heartfelt Humility Moves Shaquille O’Neal to Tears in an Emotionally Stirring Moment

Published 10/24/2023, 2:13 AM EDT

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Even after retiring from the NFL, 7-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady continues to make a huge wave in the sports world with his Let’s Go Podcast. The popular podcast has welcomed top sports stars for various episodes, and this time, it’s a guest appearance from none other than the NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. And what marked the specialty of the episode was the way Tom Brady welcomed the 51-year-old star to the show.

Shaquille O’Neal’s reputation as a basketball player is unparalleled. But ever since he retired in 2011, he has solidified his brand in various other successful ventures. And it’s the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback who gave an emotional Shaq Diesel the due credit for his professionalism and achievements. 

Tom Brady calls Shaq Diesel an “all-around great guy”

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The Let’s Go Podcast posted an Instagram post where NFL legend Tom Brady regarded NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal as an “all-around great guy.” The 46-year-old listed the former basketball star’s achievements, saying, “I see him as an all-around great guy. Basketball, entrepreneur, police officer, tech genius, investor, businessman. All around great guy.”

The 7’1 retired NBA center is a 4-time NBA champion who played his last season with the Boston Celtics in 2011. Shaq O’Neal cemented himself as one of the greatest basketball players and centers of all time. He is now a popular sports analyst on Inside the NBA as well, continuing to be a part of the sport he ardently loves.

Tom Brady continued as the NBA star got emotional and held back tears of happiness, “It had been very fortunate to get to know him over a lot of years. I love having him on with us. Welcome my man.” All the while, Shaq O’Neal held an emotional stance as he wiped his eyes with a tissue. 

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As the basketball legend continued to feel sentimental, Tom Brady lightened things up by adding, “And a great actor too. Don’t forget that. There’s a little bit of that right now.” Nonetheless, we can’t blame Brady for being impressed by Shaquille O’Neal. He is truly a legend in every wake of life. 

Shaquille O’Neal – A name famous in every department

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The majority of NBA players become broke within a few months of leaving the NBA, but Shaquille O’Neal is too active to just sit around and enjoy the fruits of his NBA labor. He is a highly capable entrepreneur and businessman who has built himself a staggering empire in the real world aside from his NBA legacy. O’Neal is a successful investor who owns about 40 24-hour fitness gyms as well as esports team NRG Esports. 

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Shaquille O’Neal once had a music career as a rapper, where he released five studio albums and one compilation album. He was also an actor who debuted with Kazaam and Blue Chips and is known for his role as Officer Fluzoo in Grown Ups 2. Aside from the entertainment industry, he also served as a sheriff’s deputy in Jonesboro, Georgia. 

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Tom Brady is justified in calling Shaquille O’Neal an all-around great guy because wherever this man puts his interest, he makes sure he makes a lasting impression. It’s no wonder he’s one of the wealthiest NBA players, with a net worth of $400 million. 

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Khosalu Puro

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Khosalu Puro is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. Growing up with football lovers in an environment where the game is always playing in the background, she got the hook of the game early. A die-hard fan of the Patriots, she would do anything to watch the Brady-Gronk duo play live.
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Aazima Basharat