Never challenge Tom Brady to a beer-chugging contest.
In honor of Brady turning 40 years old Thursday, ESPN's Mike Reiss spoke to several of his friends and former teammates about their favorite behind-the-scenes moments involving the New England Patriots quarterback. Among the gems was this story from Brian Hoyer, who served as Brady's backup from 2009-2011:
But this was impromptu at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Rochester. The whole team is there. And it turns into a beer-chugging contest. You have linemen, Julian Edelman, they all think they are going to win. Then someone says, "I heard Tom is really great at chugging a beer." We don't usually get to experience him like this, but we finally coax him into doing it. He does it, and let me tell you, you couldn't have poured out the beer faster into a glass. It was unbelievable. And he slams the mug on the table and puts both fists in the air. He walks away with a look on his face that said, "You really thought you were going to beat me on this?" The place went nuts.
Hoyer isn't the first person to rave about Brady's beer-chugging expertise. Former Patriots offensive lineman Ross Tucker told a similar tale in a 2014 piece for Sports on Earth, and again during an appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show" in January.