Tom Brady’s Niece Emerges From Her Uncle’s Shadow; Who is This UCLA Softball Standout?

Published 02/26/2022, 2:27 PM EST
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – JANUARY 02: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in action against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on January 02, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Buccaneers defeated the Jets 28-24. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Tom Brady has accomplished the world in football. However, it would be surprising to know that the Brady family has already sowed the seeds for another generation of blockbuster athleticism. After Brady has announced his retirement from the NFL, he has passed on the reins to his niece, Maya Brady, to carry out the same.

Maya Brady is a standout softball player for the UCLA Bruins. She had a keen interest in softball ever since she was a nine-year-old girl who watched the Bruins win the Women’s College World Series in 2010. Although coming from a family full of athletic personalities, she drew her inspiration from freshman outfielder B.B. Bates who was a part of the Series-winning team.


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Tom Brady’s niece Maya Brady the new star in the Brady family

12 years later, she is living her dream. Playing for the UCLA and making performances that would just make jaws drop. Her resume speaks for itself. She was named the Softball America Freshman of the Year in 2020. Furthermore, in 2021 she was also named in the First-team All-American, First-team All-PAC 12, and PAC-12 All-Freshman team.


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Brady has been so impressive in her athleticism that even her veteran teammate Aaliyah Jordan is all praises for her. “She has an amazing swing, so I don’t really need to teach her much there, but I would say helping with the mental game of not riding the roller coaster of emotions and having confidence in yourself,” Jordan said. “And knowing that you’ve put in the work to be successful in any given situation.”


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“Every pitcher is going to give her their best pitch,” she added. “Sometimes she might get a little bit in her head about that, but she has the ability to stay true to herself and say, ‘I’m Maya Brady.’ She can hit literally any pitch, it could be five feet over her head. It could be two inches off the ground. She’ll still hit it out.”

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Brady comes from a family that does not compromise in sports. Her mother, Maureen Brady, and aunt Nancy both played collegiate softball. While her aunt Julie was a soccer player in college, who is married to Kevin Youkilis, who is a former baseball player. Maya’s younger sister Hannah plays volleyball. And of course her uncle Tommy is someone who has left an unmatchable legacy in the NFL.


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Safe to say the young star has embraced all the weight of expectations in the best way, and now she has carried the torch of athleticism that runs in her family. And Tom Brady never shies away from admiring her sporting abilities.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.