Inside Tom Brady and Mark Wahlberg’s friendship

Tom Brady is originally from California, but he traded the West Coast sun for Massachusetts winters when he signed up with the New England Patriots in 2000. After leading his team to six Super Bowl championships, the NFL star left Foxborough two decades later to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — but Pats fans still love him. A Boston.com article reported that 90% of its readership supported Brady and the Bucs as they faced the Kansas City Chiefs for Super Bowl LV, and Brady himself continues to speak fondly of his adopted homeland. “I obviously still have a lot of affection for New England,” the three-time MVP winner told the outlet. “I said the other day that my children were born in Boston. So I have a lot of love for Boston and all of New England and incredible support over the years. It has been another amazing two decades in my life.”

Unlike Brady, actor Mark Wahlberg was born in Boston, but both he and the quarterback share a love of Beantown. In 2016, Wahlberg spoke to People about the emotions he felt after seeing his city’s unified response to the Boston Marathon bombing. “It filled me with such pride to call myself a Bostonian. I kind of hit myself in the chest for reasons other than what Larry Bird or the Patriots did,” he said. During Brady’s tenure with the Pats, these two Bostonians bonded and remain close to this day.

Mark Wahlberg is a huge Tom Brady fan

Boston-born actor Mark Wahlberg is a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots. While Tom Brady later signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his two-decade tenure with the Patriots brought a string of trophies to Foxborough, forever endearing him to Wahlberg. In 2015, the actor gushed to Today about how he’d been friends with the NFL star “for a long time.” Wahlberg added, “I think Tom Brady is the best quarterback that ever played this game.”

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Wahlberg has also shown support for his pal by celebrating several of Brady’s Super Bowl wins, including the Patriot’s 2015 win over the Seattle Seahawks. “Victory!!! Congratulations Tom Brady and @Patriots,” he tweeted at the time. Two years later, Wahlberg had another Super Bowl appearance, though he left the field before he could see his team’s historic comeback against the Atlanta Falcons, according to CBS Sports.

When Brady announced his retirement in February 2022, Wahlberg was among the first to wish him well. “I was just happy for him,” the “Ted” actor said on The Dan Patrick Show. “He’s done so much for New England, he’s done so much for football … for us to win so many championships … six titles [with the Patriots] – it is a blessing. Whatever he chooses to do, I more than support him and am happy for him.” Though Brady didn’t specifically name the Patriots in his farewell message, Wahlberg wasn’t sweating. “He will always be a patriot,” he told People.

Tom Brady is leaning on Mark Wahlberg for support

Mark Wahlberg and Tom Brady’s friendship extends beyond the grill and to the big screen as Brady made a famous cameo appearance in Wahlberg’s film Ted 2. When it came to choosing an actor to play him in a film, Brady knew there was only one choice. “I’m going with Mark Wahlberg,” he said during a Q&A on Westwood One Sports. “A Boston legend, [from] Dorchester, you know, one of those guys who just ‘take it out’. He would be my choice.”

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Brady previously spoke about leaning on his Boston-based friends, including Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck — especially after tough times like the 2015 “Deflategate” scandal. According to ESPN, Deflategate claimed that Tom Brady and the Patriots were the dumped soccer balls used in their AFC win over the Indianapolis Colts. Reflecting on how much he owed the city of Boston, Brady told ET in 2015, “I was a displaced Californian who lived in Boston and I recognized the roots and how strong the Boston culture is, so I’ve been mine there for 16 years life.” He continued, “[Matt, Mark, and Ben] In particular, I’ve gotten to know each other over the years and they’re all friends. They believe in what we’re doing and it’s great to have such great support… That’s the Boston crew, man.”

In other words, whether TB12 plays with the Pats, Bucs or any other team, he will always have a home at Foxborough.