While the longtime New England Patriot said that his adherence to a healthy diet was essential when he was professionally playing because “my body was my asset,” he admits that “it’s a little different now” that he’s retired. Brady notes, however, “I still want to maintain.” As for the infamous forbidden fruit, strawberries? He was simply never a fan. ” I just didn’t like the taste,” he explains. As another NFL season quickly approaches, Brady also talked with PEOPLE about the first summer he’s had to himself since retiring from football after 23 seasons. “I’m taking it every day just one day at a time,” Brady tells PEOPLE exclusively at the Fanatics Merch Madness event. “I love my time with my family and trying to get some work things done. I’m still staying pretty busy,” he adds.
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Brady — who confirmed he has “a lot” of fun-filled plans with the family this summer — shares son John “Jack” Edward Thomas, 15, with actress Bridget Moynahan, and two children with ex-wife Gisele Bündchen — Benjamin Rein, 13, and Vivian Lake, 10. The band, joined by the NFL and Interscope Records, has decided to make a $500,000 contribution to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America ahead of their Super Bowl headlining performance on Feb. 3, PEOPLE can exclusively announce. “Playing the Super Bowl has been a dream of our band for a long time,” frontman Adam Levine tells PEOPLE in a statement. “We thank the NFL for the opportunity and also to them, along with Interscope Records, for making this donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, which will have a major impact for children across the country.” As part of the NFL’s #InspireChange social justice initiative, their commitment will help to create positive social changes for youth in communities across the country.