INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Brady should be sitting at podium No. 10 on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium, but instead, he’s chillin’ in the lower deck behind the Giants’ sideline.
Only it’s not Brady. It’s actually a 26-year-old guy named Nick Lower, dressed in full pads and uniform and looking very much like the man who’s forced to watch romantic comedies with Gisele.
“This was my Halloween costume this year, so we saw the Patriots were coming to Indianapolis (and) being from Columbia, Mo., we thought we’d take the trip and make an effort to see the Patriots and see them at Media Day,” Lower said.
While the real Brady was swarmed by media at his booth, the fake Brady also fielded a steady succession of media requests. Lower is surprised so many people have taken notice of him, which is perhaps odd since he looks exactly like Tom Brady and is dressed in an official NFL uniform and cleats.
“I didn’t really expect this,” he said. “I figured all the attention would be on the players, but I guess I get a glimpse of what Tom Brady deals with every day.”
Asked if he would try to parlay this into a lasting relationship with a certain Brazilian fashion model, Lower said it wasn’t an option.
“No, I’m engaged,” he said. “I guess she’s just going to have to stay with the real Tom.”
— Dan Hanzus