Re: I met an ex-NFL player tonight
posted at 12/26/2012 7:36 PM EST
I have a story from 2002.
I was working as an office gopher in Boston for a company called First Realty Mangement. I would cover the phones for the receptionist from 12-1 everyday. Screening calls was part of the job before transferring to anyone. Here's what traspired:
Me - "Thank you for calling FRM, how may I help you."
Caller - "Hi, I need to speak to someone about my condo fees."
Me - "Sure, may I ask who is calling?" The woman who ran the condo dept always wanted to know who she was talking to before getting on the phone.
Caller - "Tom Brady"
Yes, THAT Tom Brady. FRM manages the condo complex in Quincy where Brady, Brady's sister, and Milloy all used to live (Brady actually bought Milloy's condo when he got cut).
No conversation beyond that, I just thought, and think it very interesting and telling that this Suber Bowl MVP was taking the time, himself, to call and clear up an issue. Not a manager. Not an agent. Not a 'handler'. Just himself. Very, very cool to me, and not even a hint of "do you know who I am" type of attitude and expectations.
Had I been more established and not in my first month at the company, I would have been less professional and tried to chat him up. That early crossing of paths forever helped mold the impression I have of Brady as a very down to earth, and 'real' person.