Tom Brady apparently has become one of Pete Carroll's 'heroes'

Darren Hartwell
NBC Sports Boston

We know Tom Brady inspires many young athletes. But why Pete Carroll, the NFL's oldest head coach?

It turns out the Seattle Seahawks head coach has taken a page from the TB12 handbook by adopting parts of Brady's uber-healthy, plant-based diet. And it's helped Carroll so much that he insists the New England Patriots quarterback is one of his "heroes."

"Tom is one of my heroes," Carroll told NBC Sports' Peter King in a recent interview. "He's taken a cutting-edge approach to nutrition and well-being. It just shows you you can feel okay … If we keep eating the way we're eating, then you're not going to feel good. You've got to work at it. We are eating our way into discomfort."

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Here's Carroll's full answer on Brady:

It would have been difficult to imagine Carroll choosing Brady as a role model back in February 2015, when Brady's Patriots stunned his Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

But their diet overhauls -- Carroll, like Brady, sticks to plant-based foods -- clearly have worked: Brady looks strong as ever entering his age-42 season, while Carroll has maintained his youthful vigor despite being the only NFL coach older than Bill Belichick.

Neither Brady nor Carroll plan to retire anytime soon. But maybe the Seahawks head coach can do Brady a solid and push his $200 cookbook once they both call it quits.

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