Tom Brady stepping down as Honorary Co-Chair of the Best Buddies Challenge; Julian Edelman, Jayson Tatum to take over

Ryan Hannable
December 11, 2019 - 6:00 am

Tom Brady will no longer be the face the Best Buddies Challenge in June that includes a charity flag football game at Harvard Stadium Friday night and a bike ride that finishes in Hyannis Port Saturday.

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In a press release, Best Buddies International said after 16 years of serving as honorary co-chair of the event, Brady is passing leadership duties to co-chairs celebrity chef Guy Fieri, congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, and welcoming new co-chairs Julian Edelman and Jayson Tatum.

“It has been one of my greatest honors to serve as an honorary co-chair of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port,” Brady said in the release. “This organization has become a part of my life. I love meeting the inspiring buddies at events, seeing their smiles, and hearing them talk about how Best Buddies has changed their lives for the better by helping them make friends at school and find meaningful jobs in their local communities. I am incredibly proud of all the great things that we have accomplished with the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port over the years and I look forward to continuing to support the organization as a Global Ambassador.”

Edelman has been a key part of the event in recent years.

“We are forever thankful for Tom’s commitment to our cause and mission-driven initiatives that will continue to create friendships, jobs, leadership development training, and inclusive living opportunities for people with special abilities,” said Anthony K. Shriver, founder, chairman & CEO of Best Buddies International. “Since 2003, Tom has proven himself to be a relentless and committed advocate for individuals with disabilities, always going above and beyond the call of duty to help promote a world of inclusion and opportunity for this population. We look forward to seeing all of the phenomenal things he will help us accomplish as a Global Ambassador.” 

Many will, and already have, tried to connect this news to Brady's future and him leaning towards this being his last year with the Patriots, whether he plays for another team in 2020 or retires.

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