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Why Tom Brady will be cheering for UCLA rather than Michigan

Touchdown Wire logo Touchdown Wire 2/21/2019 Barry Werner

Tom Brady standing in front of a crowd: USA TODAY © USA TODAY USA TODAY It should come as no surprise a relative of Tom Brady would have a strong arm.

The New England Patriots' quarterback has a niece who is quite the softball player. And, Maya Brady will be playing for the sport powerhouse UCLA in the future.

Maya Brady is a shortstop for Oaks Christian, reports the Los Angeles Times: Brady hit .519 with 10 home runs, 32 RBIs and 54 hits last season. She's rated as the No. 2 recruit in the nation by FloSoftball.

Maya's mom is Maureen Brady. the older sister of the six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. Maureen Brady was quite the pitcher in her time at San Mateo Hillsdale High, going 111-10, from 1988-91 and eventually becoming an All-American at Fresno State.

Tom Brady, himself, was quite the baseball player. A catcher in high school, Brady was drafted by the Montreal Expos but decided to play football. Obviously, the right choice.

UCLA has won the NCAA softball championship 11 times and Maya Brady will step into the program next season. UCLA coach Kelly Inouye-Perez actually played against Maureen Brady in college.

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Coach Pete Ackerman said the highlight for him regarding Brady's career was the moment she enrolled as a 13-year-old freshman. He said he immediately recognized how unique she was from her first day on the field - her athleticism, powerful arm and the ball popping off her bat.

"What kids are really short of nowadays is softball knowledge of the game," Ackerman said. "It's become so specialized with all the clubs and individual coaches, but like the old days, she actually knows the game. That makes her a very valuable asset on the field."

As for who the Michigan grad, Tom Brady will cheer for? Maya Brady says her uncle is going to trade Maize and Blue for UCLA Sky Blue and Gold.

"I think it's made me the athlete I am today," Maya told the newspaper. "It's taught me a lot about working hard and never giving up. He's a big, big guy in my life and he's always there for me, and I love him so much."

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