Tom Brady: 'Tom Terrific' Trademark Try Aimed At Blocking Link Between Him, Name

Ryan Chatelain
June 06, 2019 - 1:23 pm

Tom Brady said Thursday he doesn't like being called "Tom Terrific," either -- and that's actually why he's moved to trademark the nickname, as odd as that might sound.

After Mets fans who recognize Tom Seaver as the rightful owner of the moniker spent days flipping out over Brady applying for the trademark, the Patriots quarterback finally broke his silence on the matter, saying the whole thing has been a misunderstanding.

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“I did (see the outrage)," he told reporters after a minicamp practice in Foxborough, Massachusetts. "It’s unfortunate. I was actually trying to do something because I didn’t like the nickname and I wanted to make sure no one used it 'cause some people wanted to use it. So I was trying to keep people from using it, and then it got spun around to something different than what it was. Good lesson learned, and (I’ll) try to do things a little different in the future.

"I didn't want people associating me with that because that was something I didn’t want to have happen. So I don’t like the nickname. I don’t like when people probably give me many nice compliments, certainly that. It wasn’t something I was trying to do out of any disrespect or any ill manner or anything like that."

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The six-time Super Bowl champ added that he has no plans to sell any "Tom Terrific" merchandise.

Back in New York, angry Mets fans -- and even a couple of former players -- held a protest Tuesday at Sojourn restaurant on the Upper East Side. 

"He's the greatest quarterback that ever lived, and I supported him over the years and anytime I rooted for football, I rooted for Tom Brady," said former Met Ed Kranepool, a longtime teammate of Seaver's. "But when they're asking about 'Tom Terrific' and you've played behind a guy like Tom, there's only one guy that can be called 'Tom Terrific.'"

WFAN's Boomer Esiason, a Mets fan whose childhood idol was Seaver, was also worked up about the trademark try. 


"Maybe in New England they call him that, I guess," Esiason said on Monday's "Boomer and Gio" show. "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?" he added.

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.