‘I Learn a Lot’ – Phil Mickelson Opens Up on His Friendship With NFL’s Tom Brady

Published 06/16/2021, 7:30 PM EDT
May 27, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Phil Mickelson on the 14th tee during the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports


Phil Mickelson is an athlete who is determined to prove that age is just a number. He succeeded in his theory by recently winning the 2021 PGA Championship in grand fashion. Another such athlete from a different sport would be 43-year-old Tom Brady. Mickelson and Brady have mutual respect for one another and the former recently opened up about the intricacies of their friendship. 

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Phil Mickelson is currently in San Diego, California, for the 121st U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. The major championship is happening in his backyard and he wants to capitalize on it. The 50-year-old attended a press conference on Monday where he was asked to talk a bit about his relationship with Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady. 

“So I’ve been fortunate to spend time with him, and when I’m around him I learn a lot. I learn a lot by just watching and observing the dedication, the hard work. When we would go play at Augusta and he’d stay at the cottages, he’d would be up hours before we played. He would go to the gym and do a bunch of band work for an hour just getting his shoulders and knees and hips and everything firing and activated,” Mickelson said. 

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Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It is just incredible to see one sporting legend laud another. Moments like these are what fans crave. To see two of the greatest athletes in history share mutual admiration and respect for each other. 

Phil Mickelson is awestruck with Tom Brady’s discipline

Tom Brady is 43, and he recently won his seventh Super Bowl. If that doesn’t tell you about his greatness, then nothing will. Brady is an all-time NFL great, and being great comes with a cost. It demands hardwork and discipline. 

“He’s very disciplined in what he eats and recovery and taking the time to do the right things after the round and so forth,” Mickelson added about Brady. “It’s inspiring to see, because when you see somebody do it and do what he’s doing, which is play football at the highest level at an age that really nobody else has ever done it, it’s inspiring, and it’s motivating. When you see it happen, it’s much easier to do.”

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Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady will soon team up on the golf course as well. ‘The Match’ is returning for its fourth edition. Mickelson and Brady have won the event before, and are all set to take on Bryson DeChambeau and Aaron Rodgers this time. 

The fireworks have begun as both teams are going along with their trash talk. The Match is set to take place at Moonlight Basin in Big Sky, Montana on July 6. Fans are thrilled for this event to begin as it is bound to deliver a few memorable moments on camera! 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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