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Tom Brady calls niece Maya ‘most dominant athlete’ in family

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Star quality must run through the entire Brady family.

Not only does seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady have Kevin Youkilis, a two-time World Series champ with the Red Sox, as a brother-in-law, but there’s another elite athlete putting respect on the Brady name.

The Buccaneers quarterback gave his niece, Maya Brady, a shoutout on Twitter Sunday for her accomplishments on the softball diamond. Brady shared a video of the UCLA redshirt freshman smashing her first home run of the season for the No. 2-ranked Bruins (10-1). It was a three-run shot right over the right field fence to lift UCLA to a five-inning, 14-0 victory over San Jose State.

“Maya Brady, the most dominant athlete in the Brady family…by far!” the proud 43-year-old uncle wrote.

Maya Brady of the UCLA softball team is Tom Brady’s niece.
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Maya, who was named the 2020 Softball America Freshman Player of the Year, is the oldest child of Maureen Brady, the oldest of Brady’s three sisters. Maureen, an All-American pitcher at Fresno State, led the nation with 26 wins as a junior.

Last season, which was canceled in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 5-foot-10 utility player led UCLA with seven home runs — which ranked fifth in the conference. She was fourth among Pac-12 players with 28 RBIs and a .356 batting average over 26 games.

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