Tom Brady Narrates Unique Story He Heard From Chinese Farmer That Guided Him to His Last Super Bowl Triumph With Patriots

Published 04/26/2022, 4:00 PM EDT
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – AUGUST 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on from the bench during the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots drafted the legendary quarterback Tom Brady in 2000, and he spent 20 seasons with the franchise. Notably, Brady won 6 Super Bowls with them. Along with 6 Super Bowl triumphs, during his run with the Patriots, Brady was crowned the MVP of the League three times. No other player has won more Super Bowls than Brady in the game’s history.

After leaving the Patriots in 2020, Brady joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unsurprisingly, in the 1st year at Tampa, Brady added another Super Bowl to his resume. This win cemented Brady’s legacy, as he proved that he could win without Bill Belichick as well.


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In the latest episode of the ESPN+ series, “Man in the Arena,” Brady talked about a unique story that motivated him for the 2018 Season. Notably, it was the season where Tom Brady won his last Super Bowl with the Patriots.

Tom Brady claims a story of a Chinese farmer motivated him for the 2018 season

In the latest episode of his series on ESPN+, Tom Brady narrated the story of a Chinese farmer. The story primarily consisted of a Chinese farmer who one day lost his horse. However, the next day that horse returned with another 10 horses. As a result, the farmer achieved great success and riches due to those horses.


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Later the farmer’s son, who was riding one of the horses, fell from it and broke his leg. The neighbors of the farmers claimed the incident to be catastrophic. However, later Chinese rulers start drafting young boys to go off into war. As a result of his broken leg, the farmer’s son could not serve. Everyone around the farmer claimed the situation to be a ‘blessing in disguise.’

The lesson from the story was that our future would tell us the result of our past actions, so we should enjoy the moment and learn from the situations around us.

Tom Brady said, “When I reflect back on things that had happened in previous years, maybe I wouldn’t have appreciated where we’re at had I not been through what I had been through the previous year”

Brady recalls his approach to the Super Bowl triumph in the 2018-2019 season

Tom Brady learned a lot from the story of the ‘Chinese farmer.’ His perception of things completely changed. As a result, he was able to achieve more success with the Patriots by winning his 6th Super Bowl.


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Tom said, “As difficult as it was, to go to the Super Bowl, have a challenging year and lose, that experience gave me a perspective on the moment I was in. I enjoyed that year, I enjoyed those relationships. And I enjoyed the opportunity to compete again in the Super Bowl.”

FOXBOROUGH, MA – JANUARY 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with head coach Bill Belichick after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Brady and Belichick were able to overcome a dodgy regular season in the 2018-2019 NFL season. When the odds were against them, they were able to win again and prove their doubters wrong.


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As this was the last Super Bowl win of Tom’s career in New England, it was very special for him. Primarily, due to the circumstances and pressure around that win.

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Abhimanyu Chaudhary

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Abhimanyu Chaudhary is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Sharda University. Abhimanyu has been a life-long fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Liverpool FC.