NFL star Tom Brady seems to have lasered in on Bitcoin. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback has changed his profile to an illustration of him with laser eyes, which suggests that he’s a Bitcoin believer.
Jason Yanowitz—co-founder of Blockworks, a digital assets news website—shared the image on Twitter on May 9. “Rumor has it @TomBrady is loading up on Bitcoin,” Yanowitz wrote in the tweet. “Retweet if you think the GOAT should turn on laser eyes. Let’s make it happen.”
Brady retweeted Yanowitz’s post the same day, and wrote, “Hmm, should I change it?”
And change it he did. “#NewProfilePic,” the athlete tweeted on May 10, showing off his new Twitter avatar.
(Meanwhile, Bone Fide Wealth president Douglas Boneparth brought a Deflategate joke, tweeting, “Tom Brady getting into bitcoin makes sense because the last time he fought inflation he won the 2014 AFC Championship.”)
The laser-eyes profile photos are popular among Bitcoin holders.
According to Know Your Meme, Bitcoin holders popularized the so-called “Laser Eyes Bitcoin Trend” in February. They added laser eyes to their profile photos and used the hashtag “LaserRayUntil100K” in hopes of Bitcoin's price reaching $100,000 USD. (As of the time of this writing, each Bitcoin is worth around $55,450.)
Twitter user @CHAIRFORCE_BTC started the trend on Feb. 16, and U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R–Wyo.), a Bitcoin holder since 2013, added red laser eyes to her Twitter profile photo just days later. “Sen. Lummis is a big supporter of digital assets and financial innovation, and the laser eyes are showing that support,” the senator’s office said in a statement to The Hill at the time.
Rep. Warren Davidson (R–Ohio) followed suit that same day and added yellow laser eyes to his Twitter profile pic, as Forbes reported. Other big names who have gotten in on the trend include Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, SkyBridge Capital founder (and former White House communications director) Anthony Scaramucci, MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor, billionaire investors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, and even socialite Paris Hilton.
Tom Brady is already investing in blockchain technology.
Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion with a reported net worth of $200 million, hasn’t made an official announcement about any Bitcoin activity, but he isn't a stranger to digital assets. In April, news broke that the athlete would be co-founding and co-chairing Autograph, a platform for NFTs (non-fungible tokens).
Autograph bills itself as a “first-of-its-kind, experience-driven NFT platform that brings together the most iconic brands and biggest names in sports, entertainment, fashion, and pop-culture to create unique digital collectibles,” as its website touts.
Other members of the Autograph board include Spotify CCO Dawn Ostroff, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, DraftKings co-founder Paul Liberman, and Los Angeles Dodgers owner Peter Guber.
The news of Brady’s involvement came days after an NFT for a rookie trading card featuring the three-time NFL MVP sold for a record $2.25 million, according to CNN Business.