[Tom] Brady has long prided himself on the fact that he has succeeded despite not being the most gifted or talented athlete. This is a classic trope of star athletes, who use self-deprecation to disguise self-congratulation for their work ethic and mental prowess.
HHGC COMMENT: Whether Brady is “the most gifted or talented athlete” is basically irrelevant. His exceptional natural ability is a prerequisite to perform at a high level even if it does not, by itself, explain his success. Do Brady and other star athletes realize how unique their natural abilities are? Or is a certain amount of self-delusion necessary for extraordinary athletic achievement?