Superstar quarterback Tom Brady recently announced his retirement from the National Football League. Golfer Jordan Spieth knows him well.

The recent retirement of quarterback Tom Brady after one of the grandest careers in the history of the National Football League was a bit more personal to golfer Jordan Spieth than most.

Spieth and Brady built a friendship through their shared journeys as Under Armour representatives on very different sports fields, and Brady was involved in helping Spieth navigate his long slump.

“He’s one of the few phone calls I’ve gotten when things are really bad to be able to be somebody that can relate to the ups and downs of a career and kind of what he went through and giving his perspective,” Spieth said of Brady.

Spieth said he was surprised at Brady’s decision to retire while he still has the will and talent to win at what is considered an advanced age (44) for an NFL player.

“I was a bit surprised just because of the level he’s still playing at,” he said. “I feel like he’s got to find a hobby or something because he’ll go nuts sitting still. He’s voiced that his priorities are going to be with his family. He’s given so much to the game and that part of his life. His kids are growing up and getting older, and he wants to spend time with them.”

Spieth said he and Brady have played together at Augusta National. As Brady displayed in The Match, the televised special golf event, he’s a fine player.

Although their sports are dramatically different, Spieth said there are things to learn from Brady’s approach.

“I’ve read the TB12 Method (Brady’s book detailing his views on health, wellness, performance, and body recovery) before, but I’m in the middle of it right now and reading it each night,” he said. “I’m just kind of going through it again, mainly just to kind of look into what he’s done. I think he changed the way that athletes should not only prepare but also recover.

“I mean he’s totally reshaped the game of football, but I think in a sport like a golf where longevity is key, there’s a lot to learn from him, as well.”

Mike Hembree

Mike Hembree is a veteran journalist who has covered a variety of sports for numerous publications and websites, including USA Today, Fox Sports, TV Guide and The Greenville (S.C.) News. He has written 14 books and has won numerous writing awards at the national, regional and state levels. He is a seven-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.