Eagles backup quarterback says he followed Tom Brady's diet during the year and slept in his $200 pajamas that promote recovery

  • Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld named Tom Brady as one of his biggest idols growing up.
  • Sudfeld lived like Brady during the season, cooking "TB12"-inspired meals and using the recovery pajamas Brady promotes.
  • Sudfeld is now the second-string quarterback for the Eagles, and if Nick Foles get injured, Sudfield could get a chance to play against his idol in the Super Bowl.


Though Nate Sudfeld was the Philadelphia Eagles' third-string quarterback most of the 2017 season, he apparently spent his time modeling himself after his team's Super Bowl opponent.

According to Marcus Hayes of Philly.com, Sudfeld has admired Tom Brady for most of his life, and even took to following "The TB12 Method," Brady's lifestyle book, during the season.

"I'm not going to lie: I ate a lot of his meals in the offseason. I'd cook them up myself," Sudfeld told Hayes. "Everything he was doing — anything he was doing — I was trying to figure out. Sleepwear, you name it."

Brady, of course, has a famously strict diet and released a cook book for those trying to emulate him.

During the season, Brady promoted pajamas that are supposed to help recovery. They cost $200 and sheets cost $350, according to Hayes.

There are other similarities between Brady and Sudfeld. Both grew up in California — Brady in San Mateo, Sudfeld in Modesto — went to Big 10 schools (Michigan and Indiana, respectively) and were drafted in the sixth round. According to Hayes, Sudfeld's brother, Zach, an NFL tight end, played three games with the Patriots in 2013 and relayed information about Brady's work ethic to Nate.

Look back at Philadelphia's season: 

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Philadelphia Eagles 2017-18 season recap

Week 1: Eagles 30, Redskins 17

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Week 2: Eagles 20, Chiefs 27

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Week 3: Eagles 27, Giants 24

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Week 4: Eagles 26, Chargers 24

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Week 5: Eagles 34, Cardinals 7

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Week 6: Eagles 28, Panthers 23

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Week 7: Eagles 34, Redskins 24

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Week 8: Eagles 33, 49ers 10

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Week 9: Eagles 51, Broncos 23

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Week 10: Bye

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Week 11: Eagles 37, Cowboys 9

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Week 12: Eagles 31, Bears 3

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Week 13: Eagles 10, Seahawks 24

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Week 14: Eagles 43, Rams 35

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Week 15: Eagles 34, Giants 29

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Week 16: Eagles 19, Raiders 10

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Week 17: Eagles 0, Cowboys 6

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Wild Card Round: Bye

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Divisional Round: Eagles 15, Falcons 10

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Championship Round: Eagles 38, Vikings 7

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And now, with the Super Bowl approaching on Sunday, the Eagles have Sudfeld playing Brady's role, acting as a Brady impersonator on the scout team to help the first team prepare for the game.

With Carson Wentz's injury, Sudfeld is now the next man up if Nick Foles gets hurt on Sunday. He told Hayes he would be ready if he had to check in against his idol.

"It has crossed my mind. I've tried to process it," Sudfeld said. “If I'm forced in there, I know I'll be ready."

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