According to rumors, supermodel Gisele Bundchen wants more kids. But does husband Tom Brady agree? And what kind of effect will it have on his football career?
The question may seem silly. But Brady hasn't won a title since 2004, and has been the subject of questions regarding his dedication to the sport as he continues to develop a larger family away from the game and a bigger celebrity profile with Gisele.
Tom Brady used to be the first person to report to work at the Patriots facility and the last to leave. The parking space given out at the beginning of training camp to the person who worked the hardest in the offseason used to all but belong to him.
Now he doesn't even enter that conversation. And as his endorsements and celebrity grow, so to do the rumors that he isn't as dedicated to the game as he used to be. Many wonder if the Patriots lack of a championship coincides directly to Brady's fraying offseason attention span.
And now, with the report that Gisele Bundchen wants more kids, the questions are sure to start flying all over again.
Perception and reality, though, are very rarely the same. Anyone who has watched the Patriots this season understands the fire burns as strong as ever inside Tom Brady. He may not have a parking space in his name, but he hasn't lost any of the swagger or intensity that makes him the best quarterback in football.
He is animated on the sideline, challenging teammates and refusing to accept mediocrity. His spirit has been infectious, and the Patriots are one of the NFL's biggest surprises this year at 9-2. Monday night's big-time battle with the New York Jets could declare them the front runner in the AFC.
So while many will equate Gisele Bundchen's quest for more kids to a fade in Tom Brady's fire, it would be best to caution against such a conclusion.
Brady may have a larger family and spend his offseasons at home.
But it's what he gets done in January and February that matters. And he appears on course to write that script again in a few months.