Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

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Tom Brady adds sumo wrestling to offseason training regimen

Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape. 

OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.

@tombrady always fighting for that extra yard. 😂😂 #TBAsiaTour #IWILL

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The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.

"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.

Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent. 

Arigatōgozaimashita 🇯🇵🙏

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Brady vs Brady #therecanonlybeone 🏆

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Brady comes in ahead of Rodgers, Ryan, Carr as early favorite for MVP

Brady comes in ahead of Rodgers, Ryan, Carr as early favorite for MVP

According to Bovada, Tom Brady is the favorite to win this year's MVP award. Just as a reminder: He'll be 40 when the season begins. 

Brady was in the running for last season's MVP but he was beaten out for the award by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Brady said before Super Bowl LI that Ryan deserved to be deemed "most valuable" for his performance in 2016. 

Days later, Brady took home Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time.

Behind Brady (4-to-1 odds) on Bovada's list of MVP favorites for 2017 are Aaron Rodgers (7-to-1), Derek Carr (9-to-1), Dak Prescott, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson (all 12-to-1). Ryan's odds at repeating as MVP, per Bovada, are 16-to-1. 

Brady has won two regular-season MVP awards over the course of his career (2007, 2010). 

 

Brady says it's his 'dream' to play a game in China

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Brady says it's his 'dream' to play a game in China

Tom Brady's accomplished a lot in his NFL career, but there's one thing -- more specifically one place -- he wants to check off the list before he hangs 'em up. 

During Brady's tour of China as an Under Armour representative, where he's promoting his "recovery sleepwear" line, he explained that he hoped to play a game in China someday. 

"My dream is to play a game here someday," he said. "We had an opportunity, I think, 10 years ago and my team was going to play here. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.

"But one day I hope that there are many games here over the course of the year because it's such a great sport, and because I love it so much. To bring that here, to bring the discipline and the incredible strategy involved. It's just a great event and hopefully a lot of the Chinese people would enjoy it."

The Patriots were scheduled to play the Seahawks in a preseason game in 2007, but the trip was canceled when the NFL decided to shift its focus to regular-season games played in London.

Over the weekend, Brady threw a pass on the Great Wall and brought one of his team's five Lombardi Trophies along for the ride. Brady also visited Shanghai as part of his trip and is scheduled to travel to Tokyo as well. 

"I am excited about the opportunity to be able to connect with the people in China and Japan, experience the incredible culture and share my love for the game with my fans," Brady said before the trip. "The tour will be rewarding for me as I experience Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. I hope to learn more about the next generation of athletes in Asia and to inspire them to always push boundaries through hard work, dedication, humility and perseverance both on and off the field."