New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shocked attendees at a charity event in Boston this week after informing the crowd his wife uses witchcraft before his games. Brady, who recently won his sixth Super Bowl title, told the crowd his wife is a self-proclaimed “witch.”
While getting his playoff beard shaved for charity at Gillette’s World Shaving Headquarters, Brady said: “You know I’ve learned a lot from my wife over the years.”
"She always makes a little altar for me at the game, because she just wills it so much," Brady said in the CBS Boston video. "So she put together a little altar for me that I can bring with pictures of my kids, and I have these little special stones and healing stones and protection stones, and she has me wear this necklace, and take these drops she makes, and I say all these mantras, and I stopped questioning her a long time ago."
As the audience laughed, Brady went on to share how he goes to his wife for predictions.
"About four years ago we were playing the Seahawks and she said 'you better listen to me, this is your year, but this is all the things you're going to have to do to win,' and I did all those things and by God, you know, it worked," Brady said.
In the video, he shares his wife, famous supermodel Giselle Bundchen, told him he's lucky he married a "good witch."
Apparently, Bundchen's rituals are not the only spiritual element the Bradys dabble in for success. In a New York Times interview in 2015, Brady said his family has space for multiple faiths, stating “I think we’re into everything. I don’t know what I believe. I think there’s a belief system, I’m just not sure what it is.”
Also in 2015, it was reported by USA Today, Brady kept a four-inch bronze idol of the Hindu god Ganesh in his locker. The idol is said to be the "remover of obstacles” in the Hindu faith.
The Christian Perspective on Witchcraft
The Bible states in Galatians 6:17-19 that witchcraft is among many types of sin, and is rejected by God:
"The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."
And the early church of Jesus Christ fully rejected witchcraft. In Acts 19:17-20, we learn about a supernatural encounter in which a demonic manifestation convinced some Christians to reject their former occultic activities. Acts 19 states:
"When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly."
Meanwhile, there are a lot of Patriots players who might give another reason for the team's success. These vocal Christians are bold about their faith in Christ.
In the lead up to the Super Bowl, Patriots Running Back Rex Burkhead opened up to CBN Sports about many of the team’s Christian faith. "So many great guys. So many solid guys. We've grown as a team because you don't play for yourself! Those earthly glories, stats, awards, whatnot, you play for God's glory! Just go out there and glorify Him with the talents He's given you, make the most of those abilities to give all the praise to Him," he said.
Team captain Matthew Slater shared with CBN Sports before their 2019 Super Bowl victory, "This is not life and death. This is not the biggest thing that we'll do. The biggest and most important decision we'll ever make in our lives is what we do with the knowledge of Jesus Christ." Slater continued, "We love what we do but we have to keep perspective on the greater good!"
"The way I look at football, it's a tremendous opportunity not only to play a game that I love and provide for my family; it gives me a platform for what I believe is the most important thing, and that's reaching people, connecting with people, building relationships and trying to show them the love of Christ," Slater told Patriots.com in 2016. "I've always looked at football as a gift. It's a vehicle that the Lord has given me to reach people."