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Book Review

‘The Sports Gene’ by David Epstein

Talking with Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium, he is unfailingly polite and surprisingly ordinary in physical stature. Without pads, the 6-foot-4-inch quarterback appears smaller than expected in person, especially in a Patriots locker room filled with his broader, beefier teammates. His less-than-imposing presence inevitably raises questions about athletic greatness.

Does Brady possess special genes that help him see the field better and throw with more accuracy under pressure? Is he a product of 10,000-plus hours of training and determination?

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