With four Super Bowl rings, two MVP awards and many other accolades, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have no problem getting into the Hall of Fame.
But a select country club in Massachusetts could be trouble. Brady and his wife, Gisele Bundchen, applied to join The Country Club, a 133-year-old establishment in Brookline, Mass. According to the Boston Globe, the club "is in no hurry to admit the glamorous couple, whose application to become members was first reported by the Globe a few weeks ago."
The club, which values "privacy and discretion," according to the Globe article, is worried Brady and his wife may attract too much attention because some of its 1,300 members believe he's simply too big a star. Even the idea of making Brady re-apply after his football career is over might not work.
“That sort of celebrity doesn't just wash off," a member told the Globe.
The Country Club has a history of being exclusive, as the Globe notes it only opened its membership to African-Americans in 1994. Deval Patrick, the state's first African-American governor, says he was rejected.
The application process is lengthy. Here are a few procedures, according to the Globe:
"All TCC applicants must be sponsored by two current club members and provide the admissions committee with testimonials from seven other people with whom the applicant has a personal relationship. Applicants also have to schmooze with members of the admissions committee at a cocktail reception held at the club. Applicants’ names are circulated among all the members, but the admissions committee ultimately decides."
Brady's status is still up in the air for the club, which sits adjacent to his mansion. His NFL status is also undecided, with an appeal of his four-game suspension for Deflategate in the works.
There is certainly a lot of attention on Brady at this point in his career. Maybe he'd be less of a distraction if Pete Carroll had called a run at the goal line. We'll never know.