And Trump seems to have Brady's admiration. A red “Make America Great Again” hat was spotted this weekend in Brady’s locker at Gillette Stadium.
During today’s Dennis and Callahan Interview Morning Show on WEEI, Brady confirmed that the hat was indeed from Trump.
“Now that he’s running for president he sent me a hat and he gave it to RKK weeks ago,” Brady said, calling Patriots owner Robert Kraft by his initials. “So it found its way to my locker.”
According to Brady, the two first met back in 2002 and became great golfing buddies.
“I’ve known him since 2002 when I judged one of his beauty pageants ... so I’ve known him for a long time,” Brady said. “He always gives me a call and different types of motivational speeches at different times.”
Brady went on to say that Trump is “a good friend and we’ve had a lot of time on the golf course together.”
The 38-year-old quarterback wouldn’t say if he’d vote for Trump in 2016, but complimented Trump’s accomplishments.
“It’s pretty amazing what he’s been able to accomplish as an entrepreneur, as a television star and now run for political office. People who can do those types of things and transition into different arenas and still have that type of appeal and carry-over. ... He’s obviously appealing to a lot of people,” Brady said of Trump. “He’s a hell of a lot of fun to play golf with.”
The feelings are mutual -- Trump likes to call Brady a “friend” of his - not to mention a “total winner.”
Then when Brady’s four-game suspension by the NFL was overturned last week, Trump took to Twitter to congratulate his friend.
At a media availability from the Trump Tower the same day, Trump declared: “Tom Brady is a very good friend of mine. He's a great guy. For those of you that don't know him, he's a very honorable and honest guy and a truly great athlete.”
Trump also confirmed he called Brady.
“He's so thrilled and so happy. Tom Brady, I think what they have done is terrible. ... But I'm very happy for Tom,” Trump said to the press surrounding him at Trump Tower.
Trump and Brady may have been even closer if Trump was the New England team's owner. According to NESN, Trump was offered the opportunity to buy the Patriots back in 1988, but decided against it because of the team’s debt of $100 million.
But Trump is still rooting for the Pats although he’s from New York.
The GOP frontrunner even re-tweeted supporters who were calling for a Trump-Brady ticket. But would the athlete leave football behind and seek a political career?
In an interview in 2012, Brady admitted he follows politics, “relatively closely” and enjoys watching the “banter that goes back and forth.”
“I don’t think I’ll ever get into politics. Maybe at one point I thought that might be something I want to do, but I think you take a step back and you realize the impact that you can have as a citizen,” Brady said.