Tom Brady on Tom Seaver, 'Tom Terrific' Trademark Controversy

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FOXBORO -- One of the biggest issues in sports this week involved Tom Brady's attempt to trademark "Tom Terrific."

That is the nickname of legendary New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver, and many New Yorkers were upset at Brady.

After minicamp practice Thursday, the New England Patriots quarterback explained his side of things, saying he wanted the trademark to prevent people from applying the Tom Terrific nickname to him.

"I did (see the outrage). It's unfortunate," he said. "I was actually trying to do something because I didn't like the nickname and I wanted to make sure no one used it -- because some people wanted to use it. I was trying to keep people from using it, and then it got spun around to something different than what it was. Lesson learned, and I'll try to do things a little different in the future."

Brady added: "I didn't want people associating me with that. It's something I didn't want to have happen. I don't like the nickname. I don't like when people probably give me many nice compliments, certainly that. It wasn't something I was trying to do out of any disrespect or any ill manner."

Brady said he has no plans to market any "Tom Terrific" merchandise.

By Ryan Hannable