Five-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady has his own Chinese Dream: to one day play a game of football in the Middle Kingdom.
In the pursuit of this dream, the Patriots star is currently touring around China, promoting the NFL, as well as Under Armor (not to be confused with Uncle Martian). Over the weekend, he was up in Beijing tossing around the old pigskin atop the Great Wall of China with one of his sons.
As well as attempting to learn some martial arts.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) June 18, 2017
Before heading down to Shanghai, apparently to tour the scenic Under Armor store here.
While sports like soccer and basketball have become hugely popular in the world’s most populous country, American football has yet to take off — or really generate much interest at all. For years, there have been reports about a planned preseason NFL game that will be played in China, but those plans have yet to come to fruition.
Instead, for the moment, the NFL is focusing much of its energies on signing contracts with various broadcast partners in order to introduce the game to Chinese audiences. This year, for the first time ever, the Super Bowl was streamed live in China with 7.5 million tuning in. Brady hopes that the sport’s popularity will continue to grow.
“My dream is to play a game here in China some day,” the 39-year-old quarterback said during his first trip to the country.
We just hope that Brady didn’t try any of the meat while he was here.
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