The NFL took a page out of the NBA’s book this weekend as reports surfaced that uber-talented receiver Antonio Brown would join Tom Brady’s New England Patriots, a team already packed with pass catchers. After a summer that saw the NBA assembling multiple so-called “superteams” as stars loaded up together, Brown’s joining the Patriots is another superteam play — if the Patriots weren’t already qualified as a superteam.
Brown can be considered difficult by some NFL management, but Tom Brady reportedly doesn’t care about that, saying the team and Brown will figure it out. It was even reported that Brady’s enthusiasm for the Brown deal was so great, he offered Brown a guest room at his Massachusetts mansion to make the transition easier.
It used to be different when professional athletes bunked together. They might sleep two to a room, before waking up early to catch a commercial flight to the next city. But commercial flights and twin beds are relics of a professional sports industry that has gone from hard living to super-luxe. (The great Yankees like Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle had jobs in the offseason — today’s starts mostly tweet between seasons, and work out.)
So when Brady and his wife, supermodel Gisele, extend Brown an invitation to bunk at their place(s) to help ease Brown’s move, the quarterback legend is extending more than a twin mattress or a spare sofa. Brady has guest quarters that rival those at The Plaza Hotel. It may not be a king size bed, but it’s at least a queen. It’s a new world — and Antonio Brown just joined a new superteam. [Here are some of Brady’s homes, BTW.]