“He Preaches The TB12 S*** But He Lives It” – Julian Edelman Reveals Tom Brady Would Just Smell (Not Eat) Chicken Wings On Game Days

Julien Edelmen
The Pat McAfee Show

Tom Brady’s discipline and competitive drive are many rungs above the average man, and several notches more intense than even the vast majority of professional athletes. All due respect to his peers, but Brady was just built different. A killer on the gridiron who couldn’t stand not having all the finer details right even on the practice field, never mind when it was time to shine on game day.

Longtime New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman got to experience this firsthand as one of Tom Terrific’s go-to targets. Edelman was on the team for three Super Bowls of the Patriots’ six Super Bowls in the Brady-Bill Belichick era. Now that Brady is for sure retired  — well, maybe not for sure — more details are coming out about the dynasty Brady was the chief catalyst for.

I’m sure we’ll hear our fair share of Brady-related tales in the coming years, especially now that he can comment on his encyclopedic football experience while being an announcer at FOX. What Edelman shared on The Pat McAfee Show, however, is one of the funnier anecdotes I’ve ever heard that underscores just how locked in Brady was during his glory days.

Offensive linemen would often eat chicken wings before every game, which didn’t really mesh with Brady’s mostly plant-based diet, featuring the occasional avocado ice cream as a little treat. Rather than joining the party with the fine strapping gents who protect him on Sundays, Brady would inhale the fumes from those foodstuffs but never cave to consuming them.

That’s some legit psycho behavior and I mean that as a compliment. In doing some cutting-edge research like Googling “tom brady pregame meal”, I’ve discovered that he had it all down to a science. According to a 2021 report from Business Insider, Brady had a consistent diet in terms of what he’d eat for dinner the night before the game, and what he put in his body on game day. Maybe this was tweaked over the years, but probably pretty similar. The routine was as follows:

  • Dinner (night before game) — 80% plant-based (veggies, grains rice) / 20% lean protein (wild-caught fish or organic chicken)
  • Breakfast — Smoothie with almond milk, almond butter, hemp milk, bananas, chia seeds, blueberries, whey protein powder, and walnuts
    • Eggs and avocados to eat
  • Last pregame meal — Kale Caesar salad and protein shake
  • Postgame meal — Another 80/20 split like his night before. Favorite is salmon with veggies and lentils.
    • Dessert: Dark chocolate (“a few squares”)

That actually sounds pretty easy to stick to. Nothing awful in there that you have to hold your nose and eat. It really is incredible how far a diet can go in shaping one’s mood or mental focus on any given day. Brady was clearly determined to be at his best in every possible way. In other words, the complete opposite of chain smokin’ John Daly. To be fair to JD, he plays golf and doesn’t have 300-pound freak athletes trying to tackle him to the ground with force like Brady used to.

During his Netflix roast, Brady made a joke about missing the love of his life, football. Was it really a joke? I’m not so sure. Anyway, I’m just glad Edelman is down to share stuff like Brady sniffing the wings but not eating them. Edelman has his own podcast called Games With Names. Brady will likely be on there at some point and I very much look forward to that day.

Until then, I’ll remain on “believe it when I see it” when it comes to Brady being on the FOX broadcast booth, and I’ll keep whatever faint hopes alive there are of him coming back for one last season in 2024. Preferably with the team he intends to partially own, the Las Vegas Raiders. He’s clearly still adhering to his patented TB12 method and staying ready

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