Tom Brady’s Jet Skis Were Almost a Casualty of Tropical Storm Eta

Tom Brady just won his seventh record-breaking Super Bowl. The Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback relocated his family to Florida after playing for the New England Patriots for 20 seasons.

Staying down south with his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, and two kids, Benjamin and Vivian, (Brady also has a son, Jack, from his previous relationship with Bridget Moynahan), during football season, the NFL star was still used to northern weather patterns. Yet Brady soon discovered how the Sunshine State is affected during hurricane season.

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium
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Tom Brady’s jet skis were not ignored by Tropical Storm Eta

In November 2020, Hurricane Eta ranked as a Category 4 hurricane, causing massive destruction in parts of Central America, as reported by CNN. By the time the pattern hit the U.S., Eta was downgraded to a tropical storm, bringing with it sustained winds of 65 mph. When Eta descended upon Brady’s neighborhood, it took a few of his possessions for a ride.

“The hurricane, that was a trip last night for me,” Brady revealed on a video conference with Florida media, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “I had a dock and it broke, floated away. I had these jet skis on, I saw those things sitting in the middle of the bay and I was going, ‘Wow, that’s pretty surreal.’”

Brady kept a healthy perspective on the incident, noting that many others were enduring much more extensive damage and loss. Still, the event took him by surprise.

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“A lot of people are dealing with a lot worst than that, but just waking up and seeing kinda what happened to the yard, it got pretty messed up,” the Super Bowl champ commented. “Be really nervous if a big one hit!”

Tom Brady recovered his jet skis: ‘I was very lucky’

Though Brady knew the storm was headed their way, Tropical Storm Eta’s timing was much different from his own.

“It happened pretty quick,” the Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback remarked. “I thought you had time to prepare for these things but apparently you don’t. They’re just kinda on you, and then you just gotta deal with it so we pushed the schedule back today. Fortunately, everyone made it safe and sound. Good lesson learned for someone who’s been in the northeast for a long time.”

Brady recovered his jet skis after they were spotted by a neighbor’s property, and noted his good fortune on being able to bring his possessions home.

“We dragged ’em back,” the NFL star said. “They were about 300 yards away at someone else’s house, and I got a bunch of messages from people that were like, ‘Hey man, are your jet skis…?’ Ya know, they floated down and found their way into someone else’s dock. They got lodged, so I was very lucky.”

Derek Jeter has Tom Brady as a tenant

When Brady moved his family to Florida to play for the Bucs, he chose Derek Jeter’s house on Davis Island in downtown Tampa to put down some roots. At a whomping $75,000 a month, the property has plenty to offer.

Set on 1.25 acres, the manse comes in at 22,000 square feet, with an additional 9,000 feet of terraces, according to Sarasota Magazine. Factor in seven bedrooms, nine baths, a theater, professional gym, suite for an au pair, 80-foot lap pool, and a kitchen with four dishwashers, chances are the Brady bunch seldom has to leave the house to keep busy.

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The sprawling lot also offers a dock with two boat lifts, which is apparently where Brady kept his jet skis. The future NFL Hall of Famer ended up getting a lesson in preparation when it comes to weather events down south.