ATLANTA -- Tom Brady Sr. shared stories on ESPN's "Get Up!" program Tuesday morning of his son's competitiveness as a youngster.
"I don't think my dad remembers as well as I do," Brady said with a smile. "I definitely broke some remote controls when I was a kid. I was a very poor sport. I just remember losing and taking the remote and slamming it down over and over.
"If my kids did that today, I don't know what the heck I would do. But I wouldn't be happy."
There were more than remote controls thrown in the Brady household.
"I remember punching a hole in the wall of our house. It was for a different reason," Brady said. "That's a very personal story. I'm not going to [share why]."
And then there were the golf clubs when things didn't go well on the course.
"We bet car washes and I would have to wash his car if I lost to him," Brady said. "And I lost to him all the time. I probably still owe him some car washes.
"One day we were going up to see the [San Francisco] Giants play with my Little League baseball team, and we went out and played nine holes before the game started. About the sixth hole, I hit a [bad] shot and I took my club and just started slamming it into the ground. My dad took me off the course, brought me to the car and said, 'If you ever do that again, you're never coming up here! You're never playing!'
"I was crying. I was so sad. I went to the Giants game, and I think that probably hurt my dad to do that as a parent. After the game, he said, 'We'll go back and play again.' I learned a great lesson."
Such stories reflect how competitiveness has long been a part of Brady's life.
"I think some people are born with great height. Some people are born with great size, great speed. And some people are born with other things that are more intangible. I think competitiveness and the ability to compete has been a great attribute for me, and it started when I was young," Brady said.
"It was really part of my whole family. Everyone was the same way, so it was definitely in our family's DNA to compete, and to want to just play to win. I was always encouraged to do that -- 'Let's go for it, let's try to go to camps with other kids that are really talented.' I think that's just a great thing that my parents were able to instill in me to shoot for the stars. You try to do the best you can do.
"I just grew up that way, and I still feel that way now. I think people would think 'You're 41, what are you doing?' I'm still shooting for the stars and doing something I love to do."