TAMPA — He may be the most successful quarterback in NFL history, but Tom Brady knows when he’s beaten.
The Bucs quarterback revealed Wednesday that his wife and two youngest children make fun of him because of his halting grasp of the Portuguese language. Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, was born in Brazil and has taught children Benjamin and Vivian how to speak her native language.
“Let me say this: My son who is 10, his Portuguese is amazing. My 8-year-old daughter is fluent in Portuguese and, unfortunately, her dad is way behind in his understanding of how to speak the language,” Brady said, when questioned by a reporter from ESPN Brazil.
“I can usually understand a lot of things my wife will say, ‘Papai nao sabe de nada’ which means “Daddy doesn’t know anything.’ I usually get that a lot in the house. I know when they’re speaking Portuguese kind of what they’re saying, even if they’re taking shots at their dad.”
In an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon several years ago, Bundchen said she learned to speak English by listening to Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey cassette tapes. She told Fallon that her husband claimed he could only speak English and football, but Brady suggested he has worked at learning Portuguese.
“Sometimes when I use my Portuguese words my daughter will say, ‘Daddy you spoke Portuguese!’ which is pretty great,” Brady said.
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