Tom Brady says he got in touch with the fan who saved his jersey from the California wildfires

"I can’t imagine losing my house and everything I own."

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) in action against the New York Jets during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Tom Brady in action against the New York Jets during a game Sunday. –Adam Hunger / AP

Tom Brady says there’s a football on its way to the Patriots fan in California who said the only belonging he was able to salvage from his home before it fell victim to the state’s devastating wildfires was the quarterback’s No. 12 jersey.

“You think about the effect that you can have on certain people, not just in this part of the country, but in California,” Brady said during a press conference Friday afternoon.

After posting Thursday night on Instagram asking for help tracking down the fan’s address, Brady told reporters that “we got a hold of him” and that he was in the process of sending him a ball. Having grown up in California, the Patriots quarterback called the fires a “tough situation,” but said the fan’s gesture was “pretty touching.”


“I think you just feel the pain but also you know that they could grab something – but I mean, I can’t imagine losing my house and everything I own,” he said. “That would be very difficult.”

Whether it’s the California fires or the floods in Houston last year due to Hurricane Harvey (not to mention the devastation in Puerto Rice from Hurricane Maria), Brady said such natural disasters put “a lot of stuff in perspective in your life.”

“You lose a game and you feel like, ‘Man, the whole world’s caving in,’ but it’s really – keeping things in perspective, you realize there’s a lot of people dealing with a lot of things that are very tough,” he said Friday. “And just to be able to provide support, I think for us as athletes, is pretty cool and important in what we do.”