‘American football legend’ Brady becomes shareholder in English second division Birmingham City
American football “legend” Tom Brady, 46, who retired from active duty in February, has acquired a partial stake in English professional soccer’s second division (Championship) Birmingham City. On April 4, Brady joined the Birmingham City board of directors as an advisory board member in partnership with Birmingham City’s owner Nighthawk Capital Management (LCC), according to the BBC and other foreign media. He reportedly invested in Birmingham City at the urging of Nighthawk co-founder Tom Wagner. “Brady will use his experience and expertise to advise the sports science department,” Birmingham City said in a statement.
Brady is an American professional football (NFL) quarterback who has won more Super Bowls than any other player in history (seven) and is often referred to as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). He was famously married to model Gisele Bundchen as the “couple of the century,” but they divorced last year. “Some may ask what I know about English soccer, but I know how to win,” Brady said, “and I can’t wait to join the team and feel the passion of the Birmingham fans.”
Brady isn’t the first American sports star to buy a stake in an English soccer team. More recently, J.J. Watt, 34, a former NFL defensive end who retired last year, bought a partial stake in English Premier League (EPL) Burnley. NBA superstar LeBron James, 39, owns a partial stake in Fenway Sports Group, which owns EPL Liverpool. Jordan Spieth (30) and Justin Thomas (30) of the PGA Tour and NBA star Russell Westbrook (35) are shareholders in English Championship club Leeds United. Hollywood 사설토토 actors Ryan Reynolds, 47, and Rob McKeon, 46, bought Welsh soccer club Wrexham AFC in 2020 and led the team to promotion to the fourth division last season.