One of the first things Robert Ferguson, a young Patriots fan from Chicago, remembers being awed by was New England quarterback Tom Brady’s six Super Bowl ring on his fingers.
The next thing he remembers was being awed by Brady’s the milestone of tying Joe Montana’s mark of five Super Bowl rings on his fingers. And Ferguson is now eager to pay Brady back for that, but only if Brady helps him to No. 600.
“I want to play golf with Tom Brady,” Ferguson, 17, said. “He’s done more for kids and the community than anybody I’ve ever seen. He does stuff out of the ordinary, just like he did after I gave him the ball.”
The idea started with Ferguson’s big fandom. Ferguson, who attends Maine West High School, chose Brady as his MVP for Super Bowl LII after which he gifted the armchair quarterbacks the ball. During the game, he said it dawned on him that Brady tied Montana.
At that point, he knew it was a big deal.
“It’s just the thought that you could break a legendary quarterback’s record and have his legacy forever be tied to you,” Ferguson said.
It seemed easy. After all, Brady has been asked more than anyone else over the years, since he first played for the Patriots in 2001, about the record.
But the fan quickly regretted his choice.
“It’s funny. He isn’t even a real athlete. He’s a good athlete. For him to tie this record? It blew my mind,” Ferguson said.
He then jokingly told his mom, who called Brady, who hasn’t responded, and they got on the phone with his dad, who made the suggestion of hitting the links with Brady, of all people.
“I thought it was kind of funny,” his dad, Richard Ferguson, said. “He’s very well-educated but he’s not very skilled with the compass. So we’re hoping that he’ll find out about that.”
They even sent out a press release asking Brady to play a round of golf with Ferguson.
But a Boston radio station took it one step further, a la Donnie Wahlberg, for his charity. They’ve put together a fundraising campaign that asks fans to donate a penny or more to Brady’s 5k charity walk on Aug. 12 in Providence, Rhode Island.
“I need your help to make a magical night in America possible,” the actor wrote. “The $25 donation is going to to a great cause. Take this opportunity to pitch in for a great cause.”
Those donations help build homes for families in need.
“This isn’t a real donation because Tom’s [above] it,” Ferguson’s dad said, smiling. “The real donation would be a round of golf.”
Brady can now fit Ferguson and his family in his enormous trailer he has in Massachusetts. So they’re putting the money they received for the ball toward this donation instead.
Ferguson said he’s open to the idea but if things don’t work out, he’ll play another round of golf with Brady.
“He’s got the best arm in the league. There’s no doubt about it,” he said. “I know my shot. I was a golfer in high school. I have a good game.”