NFL | May 24, 2023
Once college athletes make it to the pro level as high-profile players, their world is set to change completely. Hopefully, for the better as long as they can stay focused and keep their bearings straight.
Per TMZ, the CEO of Fanatics, Michael Rubin held a private luncheon at his Los Angeles home where Brady, Scott, and Rubin talked off-the-field business, branding, and more.
As a rookie, I can’t name one better way to kick off the NFL offseason than sitting at a table surrounded by three incredibly successful and unique individuals like these guys.
Brady retired with seven Super Bowl rings and a potential 10-year, $375 million deal with FOX Sports as the Network’s lead analyst. Rubin runs the world’s leading provider of licensed sports merchandise. And Scott is one of the most influential artists and producers of his generation.
— Michael Rubin (@michaelrubin) May 19, 2023
The rookie attendees of the luncheon included quarterbacks Will Levis of the Tennessee Titans, CJ Stroud of the Houston Texans, Anthony Richardson of the Indianapolis Colts, and Bryce Young of the Carolina Panthers.
Incredible lunch with @TomBrady and @trvisXX talking to our @Fanatics athletes @_bryce_young @CJ7STROUD @will_levis and @GVOaant about building their careers on and off the field! Thank you Tommy and Trav – what an amazing discussion!! Can’t wait to watch my guys kill it in… pic.twitter.com/SNqvBayw3r
— Michael Rubin (@michaelrubin) May 18, 2023
To kick things off, Brady shared his biggest key to a successful 20-plus year NFL career while specifically reminding them that where they were selected in the draft plays no part in their future.
“Going in the second round, in the end, that’s not really that big a deal,” Brady said to Levis. “Going first overall, in the end, it’s not a big deal. “I was drafted No. 199, I just outlasted everybody,” Brady said. “There’s another me back there. So how do I keep my edge on everybody? I had to keep working. I didn’t go, ‘Hey, I’m good. I won three Super Bowls, I’m good.’
Rubin’s message to the young bucks was simple. Mistakes are a part of the game but don’t focus on them because, at the end of the day, it’s just about how you bounce back from them.
“Every day we’re screwing things up,” Rubin said. “We’ve just got to get a lot more right than wrong and keep learning from it … The tougher sh*t gets, the more focused I am.”
As for Travis, he discussed the importance of surrounding yourself with people who you trust and that will hold you accountable.
“Surround yourself with a core team to have somebody that is next to you that’s making sure you’re being the best person that you can be in your main field,” Scott added. “That makes sure that you’re up every day, going to the gym, got your bag. That’s your key person that makes sure that you maintain [your] every day to day life is straight.”
Sure, these keys to success were specifically told to three young football players and future stars, but we could ultimately all benefit from what Brady, Scott, and Rubin had to say.