Tom Brady Changes Profile Picture to Laser Eyes as Bull Market Matures

The greatest NFL quarterback of all time has changed his profile picture to include red laser eyes, putting crypto Twitter and mainstream media outlets into total meltdown. Here’s why.

Robert D. Knight
May 10, 2021
Blockchain News

The Crypto GOAT

On Monday NFL superstar Tom Brady changed his Twitter profile picture to laser eyes, indicating that The Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) was a supporter of bitcoin and crypto. The football star also made a point of tweeting the pic with the hashtag #NewProfilePic sending the social media platform into a frenzy. Twitter users were quick to decrypt the not-so-subtle clue that the seven-time Super Bowl champion could now be accumulating crypto. 

The incident was sparked by Blockworks’ Jason Yanowitz who said:

“Rumor has it Tom Brady is loading up on bitcoin. Retweet if you think the GOAT should turn on laser eyes. Let’s make it happen.”

The nudge seemingly spurred Brady into action, who changed his photo shortly thereafter, without ever explicitly confirming or denying that he was now holding cryptocurrency.

Laser Eyes

The laser eyes crypto meme is a relatively new one, only emerging in February of this year as greater numbers of crypto users attempted to signal their support of bitcoin’s most recent bull run. Like much in crypto, what the laser eyes mean depends on who you ask. Some say that laser eyes are a way of conveying growing power levels and activation, while others argue that laser eyes signal a laser-focus on $BTC’s ascent to $100,000. If the latter group are correct they have been frustrated so far. Despite $BTC performing exceptionally well this year, the granddaddy of all cryptos has yet to hit that magical 100K figure. Bitcoin currently sits at a very healthy $55,000 at time of writing, up from just below the $30,000 mark at the start of the year.

If Brady’s interest in crypto proves genuine then he will not be the first NFL footballer to take an interest in or become involved in crypto. Just this month Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence placed his entire signing bonus of $24 million dollars into bitcoin, while in April, Sean Culkin of the Kansas City Chiefs said he would prefer to receive his 2021 salary in $BTC. The Sacramento Kings took the concept one stage further offering to pay every staff member in their organization in bitcoin if they preferred. Wherever you look, laser eyes or not, there are growing signs of crypto adoption and acceptance by top sporting stars.

Big Believers

Russell Okung of the Carolina Panthers has been one of the biggest and most strident proponents of bitcoin this year. The offensive lineman made a point of requesting part of his salary in the cryptocurrency, and being extremely vocal about it. The Panthers have been at pains to point out however that rather than pay him directly in crypto, they send part of his salary to Strike, an app developed by Zap Solutions Inc - essentially washing their hands of anything that Okung does with the money after they send it to him in US dollars.

Okung has not been phased by this however, making some strong statements to explain why he was bullish on crypto and bitcoin. He said: 

“Money is more than currency; it’s power. The way money is handled from creation to dissemination is part of that power. Getting paid in bitcoin is the first step of opting out of the corrupt, manipulated economy we all inhabit.”

Concluding Thoughts

Whether Brady and his fellow NFL stars share Okung’s strong views on bitcoin remains to be seen, but with the whole crypto world now watching, it will be interesting to see what the greatest of all time does next. 

As for Brady himself, it’s not the first time that the all-star quarterback has had a brush with bitcoin. Back in 2017, parody song writer Remy included Brady in his spoof ‘Bitcoin Billionaire’ with the tongue-in-cheek line, ‘I’m like Tom Brady, I got a fear of inflation’. 

By that standard, Brady, bitcoin and its deflationary economic model would seem to be a perfect fit.

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Robert D. Knight

Robert D. Knight is an experienced journalist and copywriter who has been working in crypto for 4+ years. His bags are heavy and he also hodls some cryptocurrency.

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