Tom Brady’s quirks with his offensive linemen might be partly why he’s had success in the NFL for more than two decades with no real end to his career in sight.
Center Ryan Jensen jokingly tweeted about the butt-wiping in May, but things became more real when the two started working together side-by-side.
Brady reportedly told Jensen to get in the habit of taking a towel, dousing it with baby powder and rubbing it on his backside so it’s never sweaty when he lines up behind him to take the snap of the football.
“That’s keeping his hands dry and keeping the ball dry,” the center told reporters Thursday. “At that point, he’s done this for such a long time and had so much success, I mean, you’ve kind of got to listen to him.
“You going to backtalk him? I just don’t think that’s how that works.”
Jensen said that Brady also talked him out of wearing a glove when he plays.
“I mean, when Tom Brady tells you to do something, you usually do it,” he added. “It was a little bit of an adjustment at first, especially not wearing a glove. I used to always wear a glove and you start getting your hands pretty torn up not wearing a glove as an offensive lineman.”
There must be something to it.
Brady is about to appear in his 10th Super Bowl and attempt to win his seventh ring. But he and the Bucs will have to take care of the Kansas City Chiefs come Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.