Tom Brady's niece is going to play softball at UCLA, and he explains why she is 'the most athletic person in the family'

  • Patriots quarterback Tom Brady isn’t convinced he’s the best athlete in his own family.
  • According to Tara Sullivan at the Boston Globe, that title belongs to Brady’s niece Maya, a standout softball player set to attend UCLA in the fall.
  • At UCLA, Brady could help add to the school’s impressive 12 national championships, and further the athletic legacy of the Brady family.

Tom Brady will go down in history as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game.

With six Super Bowl rings, including three straight appearances and two wins in the big game at the age of 41, Brady’s success in the NFL is unmatched.

But even with his ascendance to the top of the football world, Brady isn’t sure he’s the most dominant athlete in his own family.


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Brady’s niece, Maya, is a standout softball player that will attend UCLA this fall. As a shortstop, she was the No. 2 recruit in the country and will be looking to help the Bruins add to their already impressive 12 national championships in the sport.

As Tara Sullivan at the Boston Globe writes, athletic prowess runs through the Brady family well beyond Tom. Maya is the daughter of Tom’s sister Maureen, who was an All-American college softball player as well.

Expectations are high for Maya, with her “Uncle Tommy” conceding that she might be the best athlete of all the Bradys.

“I think Maya is already the most athletic person of the family,” Brady told the Globe. “She’s just a great athlete, so competitive. And she’s been on such winning teams, and she’s such a great teammate. It’s so impressive.”

Maya’s current coach at Oaks Christian high school, Peter Ackermann, seems to agree.

“When Maya enrolled at the school, I finally got my Derek Jeter, a person who can do it all and puts the team first,” Ackermann told the Globe. “And I think that summarises Maya. With all of the things that people try to associate her with, it’s surprising how well-grounded she is, and that’s on account of her mother and her family. They did an outstanding job.”

Maya is just 17, and still has a long way to go in her athletic career, but if her uncle and current coach are to be believed, there’s a good chance that there’s another Brady ready and waiting to take over the sporting world.

You can read Sullivan’s full report on Maya Brady here.

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