Tom Brady Visits Japan, Takes on Sumo Wrestler

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been on a tour of Asia over the past week promoting football, but he took part in another sport when he reached his stop in Japan: sumo.

Brady stopped by the Sakaigawa sumo stable on Thursday and got into the ring with Goeido, one of the most well-known sumo wrestlers in the sport and the winner of last September’s Autumn Grand Sumo tournament.

After pushing back and forth with one of the elites, Brady said he was left with a strong appreciation for the abilities of sumo wrestlers, both physically and mentally.

“For them to welcome me means very much to me,” Brady was quoted as saying by the Kyodo news agency. “It’s hard to describe in words how special that was.”

Goeido seemed to enjoy the encounter with Brady just as much as the NFL quarterback did, saying:  “He has a lot of explosive power. I feel energized. It’s stimulating to have an opportunity to come in contact with athletes from a different sport.”

Check out a clip of Brady at the Sakaigawa stable:

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