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Tom Brady rides out Eta; dock breaks, jet skis float away

“I’d be really nervous if a big one hit. It happened pretty quick," the Bucs quarterback said.
Tom Brady was holed up at the waterfront mansion he is renting from Derek Jeter on Davis Islands when Tropical Storm Eta hit.
Tom Brady was holed up at the waterfront mansion he is renting from Derek Jeter on Davis Islands when Tropical Storm Eta hit. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Nov. 13, 2020|Updated Nov. 13, 2020

TAMPA — Tom Brady has never been a fair-weather quarterback, having played in some tough elements for 20 seasons in New England.

But he had never seen anything like Eta until Wednesday night, when tropical storm-force winds of 50 miles per hour whipped Tampa Bay.

The Bucs quarterback was holed up at the waterfront mansion he is renting from Derek Jeter on Davis Islands. The wind and storm surge pounded his dock until a portion of it broke off, carrying his two jet skis with it.

“The hurricane, that was a trip for me last night, the storm,” Brady said. “I had a dock, it broke, floated away. It had jet skis on it, and I saw those things sitting in the middle of the bay and I was going, ‘Wow, that’s pretty surreal.' I was just kind of laughing, going, ‘Well, we’ll get the jet skis back.' A lot of people are dealing with a lot worse than that."

Brady said he was fortunate because the skis became lodged in a neighbor’s dock, and he was able to recover them.

“They got fixed. Yeah, we dragged them back,” Brady said. “They were about 300 yards away at someone else’s house. I got a bunch of messages from people who were like, ‘Hey man, are your jet skis ... ?' They floated down and found their way to someone else’s dock. They got lodged. So I was very lucky.”

The Bucs delayed the start of practice Thursday by about five hours, anticipating players might have a tougher time coming to work.

“Just waking up and seeing what happened to the yard, it got pretty messed up,” Brady said. “I’d be really nervous if a big one hit. It happened pretty quick. I thought you had time to prepare for these things, but apparently you don’t. They’re just kind of on you, and you’ve just got to deal with it. So we pushed the schedule back today. Fortunately, everyone made it in safe and sound and good lesson learned.”

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