Tom Brady would ‘love’ to be paid partly in cryptos
Brady predicted he can see a world where players are paid in cryptos
Crypto enthusiast Tom Brady, quarterback for the National Football League (NFL) team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has said he would “love” to be paid partly in cryptos like bitcoin, ethereum or solana.
Brady made the remark during an interview with Jim Gray, an Emmy award winning US sportscaster, on the Let’s Go Sirius XM podcast.
He went on to say “a few players have requested that” they are paid partly in crypto as well. The quarterback added that “it’s an amazing thing that is happening in the world with the way the world is becoming more digital”.
Brady predicts that he can “definitely see a world where players are going to be paid in cryptocurrencies in the future” because, as he put it: “The digital age is upon us. I don’t think we’re ever going back.”
Brady’s crypto past
Brady inked an endorsement deal with cryptocurrency derivatives exchange FTX in June. He joins other sports personalities such as Stephen Curry, three-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, who is a global ambassador and shareholder of FTX. Curry plays for the Golden State Warriors.
When Curry announced he was entering the crypto world on Twitter, he asked his followers for any advice. Brady responded to Curry’s tweet by saying: “Whatever you do… don’t do laser eyes.”
Brady has since added red laser eyes to his Twitter profile picture, which is a trend among bitcoin bulls who believe the lead crypto will continue to soar in price.
Not the only Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ player to enter crypto world
Rob Gronkowski, nicknamed Gronk, a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and four-time Super Bowl champion, and Brady’s teammate, announced a partnership with US-based cryptocurrency platform Voyager.
The deal includes Gronkowski becoming a brand ambassador, shareholder and holder of the Voyager Token (VGX).
The idea behind the partnership is to “bring crypto investing to the mainstream – making it accessible, useful, engaging and entertaining”.
A non-fungible token (NFT) will also be released later in the year through Voyager to benefit the Gronk Nation Youth Foundation, which is “dedicated to inspiring youth to reach their maximum potential through sports, education, community and fitness”.
In March this year, Gronkowski became the first professional football player to launch his own series of NFTs, which commemorated his four championship wins.
Additionally, a single special edition “crown jewel” NFT was released, which depicted Gronkowski’s career highlight. The NFT collection sold for 830 ether – equivalent to $2.5m (£1.8m).