Tom Brady: ‘The Beyoncé of the NFL’

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Tom Brady. Photo: Elsa/Getty Images, Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Football is just as shallow — or significant, depending on how you see it — as E! the television station. Sports fans like to argue that celebrity news is so much more shallow and less intellectual than sports. But Tom Brady, the NFL's best player according to a recent poll of players, is displaying a key intersection of sports and celebrity culture that proves the obsessions with sports and celebrities are on equal playing fields (pun!): an obsession with beauty. Today in the Times, David Colman analyzes his recent, momentous haircut:

“He’s the Beyoncé of the N.F.L.,” said Jean Godfrey-June, the beauty director at Lucky magazine. “No doubt there are millions of men out there clocking his every snip.”

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