Sure, he had worn similar hats many times on the sidelines. But when Tom Brady stepped onto the national stage to address the “deflategate” controversy on live TV, he catapulted his Patriots pompom cap to a level of notoriety unheard of for most winter accessories.
First, it was a prop on a “Saturday Night Live” segment poking fun at the team. Then, it became a top sartorial choice for Patriots fans who braved the cold Wednesday at the Super Bowl victory parade.
Many people wore pompom hats as they lined the parade route along Boylston and Tremont streets, and those who wore them left no doubt about their inspiration.
“Tom Brady could wear a bikini during an interview and people would probably wear it,” said Christian DiBerto, 17, of Saugus.
Shawn Burns, who wore a blue, striped knit cap with a retro New England logo on the front, was also thinking of the Super Bowl MVP when he donned his headwear.
“You see Brady wearing it on the sidelines, and everyone wants one,” he said. “He’s a legend.”
Brady, like other team members and staff in the parade, wore his hat Wednesday.
David Cravotta, 19, of Peabody, said he has had his cap for a while.
“Honestly, I got it back in October, before it blew up,” he said. “But once Tom Brady wore it, it became a hit.”
But Maggie Ware, of Milton, who saw Brady wearing a similar cap as he addressed the media, was a proud latecomer.
“I got it yesterday,” she said. “It’s good luck.”