Tom Brady gets his playoff beard shaved for charity
Tom Brady has been busy celebrating his sixth Super Bowl win. After a trip to Disney World and a ride on the duck boats, the Super Bowl-winning Patriots quarterback had his playoff beard shaved at Gillette World Shaving Headquarters on Thursday.
“This is just like a normal Thursday, right?” Brady said. “I know that’s kind of what it feels like for me. This is actually the first morning I woke up and I wasn’t completely exhausted.”
At the event, Gillette presented three organizations — The Boys and Girls Club of South Boston, Best Buddies, and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute — with donations of $35,000 each. Brady also signed a Patriots-branded Gillette razor, to be auctioned off with all proceeds going to his favorite charities.
A crowd of Gillette employees gathered to watch, welcoming Brady with a chorus of “We’re still here” chants. Brady said he had not had a professional shave before and was impressed with the work of barber Adam Briere. Brady joked about putting a barbershop in his house to be pampered like this more often.
“I’m actually really excited to get some of the grays off,” Brady said. “That’s one thing that’s certainly changed over the last 19 years of being here in Boston.”
Brady led the New England Patriots to a 13-3 Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta Sunday night, the crowning moment for the team after an unexpected run.
“Before we left for Atlanta, that incredible send-off felt like we were ready to play the game,” Brady said before the shave. “Then we go to Atlanta, play in the game, and that felt like a home game too. It felt like we were in Gillette Stadium. It’s the best win yet.”
The quarterback shared some stories from the postgame celebrations, revealing that while he didn’t celebrate with cheeseburgers, his favorite cheat food, he did treat himself to another post-win indulgence — margaritas.
“I don’t think I slept that much on Sunday, but I went to Disney World on Monday and that was the most tired I’ve been in a long time,” Brady said. “It was so worth it. It’s a great time to celebrate. The best part is celebrating with everybody and I had my family and friends there. It was one of the best days of my life.”
A member of the crowd of yelled out to Brady asking when he’d be running for president.
“There is zero chance of that happening,” Brady said. “I love you, man, but when I’m done playing football I’m going to be drinking a couple margaritas in a nice relaxing place.”
Brady said he made — and won — a bet than Rob Gronkowski would lose his shirt within the first two blocks of the parade.
“We’re all a part of it. We couldn’t do it without the support. That’s what it’s all about. And look at who turned out Tuesday for the parade, that was us,” Brady said. “We all get to celebrate.”
“Sports is an amazing way of bringing people together,” Brady said. “We’re in a world where so many people want to take us apart and divide us and come up with these differences. And the reality is, we’re all here sharing the same place, this beautiful life that we have and it’s great to be a part of a community, especially in Boston, where people do come together and we rally together and we are strong together for something that unites us. To be apart of an event like that . . . it doesn’t get much better than that. I’m so blessed and humbled to have these incredible experiences that we’ve had.”