Tom Brady on being paid less than other QBs: 'My wife makes a lot of money'

On Jimmy Kimmel LiveTom Brady, arguably the best quarterback in NFL history, revealed why he’s always willing to take pay cuts. Despite leading the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl wins, Brady isn’t even in the top ten highest paid quarterbacks. In fact, of the top ten, only three have won a Super Bowl. But when asked why he’s been willing to give up millions of dollars over the years, Brady had the perfect answer.

“I think the thing I’ve always felt for me in my life, ya know, winning’s been a priority,” Brady said, “and my wife makes a lot of money.”

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Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady together in recent years
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Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady together in recent years
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: 2019 Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen arrive at the Hollywood For Science Gala at Private Residence on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend the 2019 Hollywood For Science Gala at Private Residence on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 21: Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen arrive at the Hollywood For Science Gala at Private Residence on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with Gisele Bündchen after his 13-3 win against Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots kisses his wife Gisele Bundchen after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots kisses his wife Gisele Bündchen after the Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 3: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady kisses his wife Gisele Bundchen following Patriots training camp at the Gillette Stadium practice facility in Foxborough, MA on Aug. 3, 2018. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jackson Lee/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, USA - MAY 01 : Co-Chairperson Gisele Bundchen (L) and Tom Brady (R) attend the 'Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala 2017 at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, United States on May 01, 2017. (Photo by Philip Rock/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Tom Brady (L) and Gisele Bundchen attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: NFL player Tom Brady (L) and model Gisele Bundchen attend 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with wife Gisele Bundchen and daughter Vivian Brady after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Tom Brady, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, Gisele Bundchen and Jordan Spieth attend the Under Armour Boston Brand House Opening Celebration on November 2, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Under Armour)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 02: Gisele Bundchen, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Tom Brady attend the Under Armour Boston Brand House Opening Celebration on November 2, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Under Armour)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Professional Football player Tom Brady and wife, model Gisele Bundchen attend National Geographic's 'Years Of Living Dangerously' new season world premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) Executive producer and YEARS correspondent Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attendsNational Geographic's 'Years Of Living Dangerously' Season 2 World Premiere at American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: NFL player Tom Brady (L) and model Gisele Bundchen attend National Geographic's 'Years Of Living Dangerously' new season world premiere at American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
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Sure, the fact that Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, is super rich, but there’s more to it than that.

“It’s a salary cap,” Brady said. “You can only spend so much and the more that one guy gets there’s less for others. And I think from a competitive advantage standpoint, I like to get a lot of good players around me.”

While there, Brady also took part in Kimmel’s hilarious feud with his arch nemesis: Patriots super fan, Matt Damon.

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