Feds Reject Tom Brady's 'Tom Terrific' Trademark Attempt, Citing Seaver

Ryan Chatelain
August 23, 2019 - 11:48 am
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The United States Patent and Trademark Office and Mets fans agree: Tom Brady is not Tom Terrific.

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The Patriots quarterback's attempt to trademark the "Tom Terrific" name has been rejected by the federal agency, which gave two reasons for its ruling that both pointed to Mets legend Tom Seaver.

"Although Tom Seaver is not connected with the goods provided by applicant under the applied-for mark, Tom Seaver is so well-known that consumers would presume a connection," the ruling states, according to USA Today.

"As such, the applied-for mark TOM TERRIFIC is refused because it identifies a name of a particular living individual whose written consent to register is not of record," the ruling added.

Mets fans were outraged when they learned that Brady's company, TEB Capital Management, attempted to trademark the moniker. Fans and a couple of former Mets even held a protest at a Manhattan restaurant.

WFAN's Boomer Esiason, a lifelong Mets fan whose childhood idol was Seaver, was among the most vocal critics of the trademark attempt. 

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"Maybe in New England they call him that, I guess," Esiason said on the "Boomer and Gio" show in June. "But you know what? We've been calling Tom Seaver 'Tom Terrific' forever, for as long as I can remember, for 50 years.

"I am disgusted, and I'm really surprised, and I'm really -- I don't know, it just feels sleazy to me, you know?" Esiason added.

Brady later explained that he is uncomfortable with people calling him "Tom Terrific" and sought the trademark to prevent others from selling merchandise that associated him with the nickname

"I was trying to keep people from using it, and then it got spun around to something different than what it was," the six-time Super Bowl champ told reporters in Foxborough, Massachusetts. 

Brady insisted he had no plans to sell any "Tom Terrific" merchandise.

Seaver played 20 seasons in the majors -- 12 with the Mets. He was a three-time Cy Young Award winner, 12-time All-Star and member of the Mets' 1969 World Series-winning team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992. 

In March, Seaver's family announced he has been diagnosed with dementia and was retiring from public life.