Tom Brady revealed young athletes suffer from this scary problem

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Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback in National Football League history.

His seven Super Bowl trophies settled that.

And now Tom Brady revealed young athletes suffer from this scary problem.

Tom Brady says selfishness is the biggest problem with young athletes

On the DeepCut with VicBlends podcast, former NFL quarterback Tom Brady told the barber turned podcast host that the biggest issue he sees with today’s athletes is the number one goal is to build their brand and become an influencer.

Helping the team and lifting up your teammates is now secondary.

“I think the biggest problem with a lot of f–king kids these days, it’s all about them,” Brady stated. “Their brand, their social media. When it’s about ‘me’ and then not about ‘us,’ well there’s no way to succeed as a team if all you’re doing is thinking how selfish it is for you to get the attention.”

 “It’s cool to show the world how great you are, but the most inspiring thing is how great you can make others,” Blends responded.

“That’s the point of life,” Brady responded. “Is what we could do — How do you help other people finish the race?”

Brady walked the walk

In the 1990s, the Dallas Cowboys were a budding dynasty that won three Super Bowls in the 1992, 1993, and 1995 seasons.

But by 1996 team was in serious decline as the cost of paying Hall of Famers like Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith meant the team had to gut the depth along the offensive and defensive lines – the two foundational pillars of any team – and which were the keys to the Cowboys success.

The dismantling of the Cowboy dynasty provided a lesson that Brady took to heart.

For years, he took a below-market value contract with the New England Patriots so the team could keep its core together as it won six Super Bowls between 2001 and 2018.

That finally came to an end in 2019 when Brady – at the age of 42 – decided he wanted to pick where he wanted to play football for the first time since 1995 when he signed a letter of intent while in high school for the University of Michigan.

In the age of social media, players today now see themselves as brands unto themselves.

NBA star LeBron James chose the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency in 2019 in large part because he wanted to be close to Hollywood to set himself up for post-playing days opportunities.

The Lakers won a title in 2020, but many believed James was past his ring-chasing days and entered the brand-building phase of his career.

James was 35 and at the end of his prime when he made this decision.

But Brady believes this attitude is filtering down to young players who haven’t earned their place in the game to care about their “brand.”

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