"It was hard for me."
Not all fathers and sons are alike, and for Tom Brady, this has been a tough reality to grasp.
The 42-year-old New England Patriots quarterback opened up to Men's Health magazine about his frustration over his son Benjamin, 9 1/2, not liking sports.
The six time Super Bowl winner thought Benjamin "would be just like Jack," Brady's 11-year-old son from his previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan, who Brady said, "loves sports." However, Brady said he faced resistance when trying to engage Benjamin in the same activities. "I was like, 'C'mon, let's do this.’ And he was like, 'Nope.' And I was like, 'What? No, do this!'"
Brady admitted he received flack from wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen for expecting Benjamin to be like him. "Gisele kept saying to me, 'Would you effing understand that your son is different?'" Brady added. "It was hard for me. I was like, 'What do you mean? He's a boy; he should do all these things that I do.'"
Growing up, Brady revealed the close bond he built with his father was centered around sport-minded activities, which lead him to believe it would be the same with his own boys.
"I'd wake up early on the weekends to do stuff with my dad. That's why I didn’t party a lot. If Dad wanted to golf, I wanted to be there with him. And if I ever missed those things, it would crush me," he said.
Taking a step back to evaluate his relationship with Benjamin, Brady said he found a way to bond with his younger son that would be fun for both of them. "The reality is that Benny just likes different things," he said. "And it's great because now I just have to go do what he wants to do. When we do that, we have the best time. He’s like, 'OMG, Dad, you're so funny.' He loves joking, and I joke back."
While Brady has found individual ways that work to stay close with each of his kids, he's adamant about teaching them the same life lessons, especially when it comes to accepting disappointing outcomes, like his 2017 Super Bowl loss. "I had to put my emotions aside so I could deal with their emotions," he remarked. "I said, 'Guys, look: Daddy doesn't always win. That isn't the way life is.'"