New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady revealed in a new ESPN article that his five favorite artists to listen to are Jay-Z, Coldplay, U2, Pearl Jam, and Kendrick Lamar.
“For me, I’ve learned the car ride home is a great time — 30 minutes of time — where I can listen to music and find a good space for me to be in for the day; whether that’s driving into work in the morning — or I can think about things I need to do, I want to do. And leaving practice, after you’ve expended a lot of energy, to find a good balance to deal with things at home.
“Music is a great thing for me. That’s probably what I do most. And then I try to, at night, make sure I get a little quiet time before I go to bed.”
When asked which artists he turns to when trying to get his mind in the right place, Brady said, “It just depends what I want to kind of get up for.”
As for why the music is important to him getting centered, he said, “I obviously don’t like having things boil over on me, so I know where I need to be emotionally sometimes. If you’re not really in a place of balance, everything affects you, whether you’re too high or too low.
“For me, I’m pretty even-keeled most of the time. I know how to kind of rev myself up when I need to for games. I know how to bring myself down after games to find a good level so I can deal with other parts of my life. I think that’s just something that’s always a work in progress. That’s something I’m always trying to figure out.”