Bill Belichick asked Tom House if he should have traded Tom Brady years ago

"Tell me why I shouldn't trade Tom Brady."

Jonathan Wiggs
Tom Brady (left) played 20 seasons for Bill Belichick and the Patriots from 2000 to 2019. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Few people on earth know about throwing more than Tom House.

His coaching work can be traced back as far as the days of Nolan Ryan in baseball, and as recently as Tom Brady in football.

So, one day a little less than 10 years ago, House was walking by Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s office when Belichick called him in to ask a question.

House told the story on the Rich Eisen Show.

“Tell me why I shouldn’t trade Tom Brady,” Belichick said, according to House.

House made a case for Brady, who was around 36 or 37 years old at the time. He said that if Brady could follow four principles; biomechanics, functional strength, mental and emotional management, and nutrition and sleep for recovery, he’d be able to function the same way at age 45 as he did when he was 25.


“I said that if Tom does those four things, which he does to the T, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to play until he’s 45, and here we are,” said House.

Brady led Tampa Bay to a Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are one of four teams, including the Patriots, who have never beaten Brady.


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