New England Patriots QB Tom Brady And Wide Receiver Julian Edelman Talk About Goals At Tony Robbins Event
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Julian Edelman attended a Tony Robbins self-improvement session on Thursday at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Very few media outlets were able to get in, but one that has been critical of Brady found there way in the door.
The Boston Globe Sports department sent staffer Mark Arsenalut to the event and his play-by-play accounts for what went down are interesting to say the least. The Globe piece goes through how the two Patriots players came onto the stage and what they talked about.
Brady and Pats receiver Julian Edelman come out to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” a Gillette Stadium staple.
They wouldn’t be here if they had never been underdogs at some point in their careers, so let’s start there.
Brady describes his football origin story: Starting out as a teen, he didn’t know how to put his pads on. Then he went to Michigan as the seventh quarterback on the roster. And then, he sat behind starter Drew Bledsoe in New England, where, “I watched, I learned, and I worked.”
When you are a member of a team, Brady says, the most important thing “is to gain the trust and love and respect of your teammates.”
For motivation, Brady looks inside: “I am very internally motivated. . . . If it isn’t perfect, I lose sleep. I threw an interception today [at the team’s minicamp]. I felt I let the team down.”
Edelman, who doggedly worked over several seasons to become Brady’s favorite receiver, says he didn’t get recruited out of high school. “That made the chip on my shoulder bigger.”
To achieve your goals, Edelman says, sometimes you have to forgo balance in your life. “There are so many things you have to sacrifice,” he says. Going out, sleeping in, hanging out with friends. “I was obsessed with trying to get on the field.”
Tony Robbins sums it up for those of us who might not see the parallels to our own lives or businesses. Edelman learned what Brady wanted in a receiver and then gave him exactly that — he made Brady his client or customer.
The Robbins event is controversial in the sense that it can leave a bad taste in peoples mouths claiming self-improvement help but falling sort of it and costing attendees an arm and a leg to participate. Brady and Edelman went straight to the event after day 3 of Patriots mini-camp at Gillette and there images were used heavily in promoting the event in the Boston area.
It is unclear how many actually attended the event, how much Edelman and Brady were paid, and how much the event made Robbins.