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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the sideline during the first quarter in the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Tom Brady, probably the best football player of all-time, six Super Bowl titles, most touchdown passes, most pass completions, and hater of Microsoft Surface devices? He is also one of the most famous users of a Surface tablet, but his next one might become the most expensive Surface ever.

That’s because Brady has revealed he faces a major fine if he breaks another Surface tablet. It has become relatively common to see Tom Brady break a Microsoft Surface during heated moments, but the NFL has warned him to stop the behavior.

Speaking on his Let’s Go podcast, Brady confirmed “I did get warned from the NFL about that so… I won’t throw another Surface.”


“I can’t throw another Surface, or else I get fined. Imagine that.”

Microsoft has a long-standing partnership with the NFL that has been running for years. Surface tablets have become synonymous with the sideline, where players and coaches use the devices for data and running plays.

No Such Thing as Bad Advertising

It is likely Microsoft does not see Brady smashing Surface’s as good advertising. However, I would argue it is excellent marketing. While Surface and NFL have been working together since 2013, the average football fan is not overly bothered by which device they see.

Also, not many people would expect a tablet to survive that kind of abuse, but Microsoft may be concerned about that angle and consumers thinking Surface products break easily. Tom Brady confesses the last Surface he got his hands on did not survive to tell the tale.

“I didn’t want to throw an interception with that tablet, so I made sure it hit the ground. It was out of use, there was no chance of that one being used after I got a hold of that tablet.”

“I‘m having a great time playing,” he adds,  saying “I know it didn’t look like it when I snapped that tablet in half.”

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