Sunday 20 October 2019

The Skerries native who helped Tom Brady win a record sixth Super Bowl

How a local man trained the brain of a sporting legend

Skerries man, Peter Delahunt who helped Tom Brady sharpen his brain for the Super Bowl
Skerries man, Peter Delahunt who helped Tom Brady sharpen his brain for the Super Bowl
Tom Brady celebrates another Super Bowl win

Ken Phelan

A San Francisco based Skerries man has used his expertise in psychology to help American quarterback Tom Brady win last weekend's American Super Bowl.

Through his innovative software 'Brain HQ', Peter Delahunt and his team provided the means for Brady to hone crucial cognitive skills essential for the game, With Brain HQ - a series of mental exercises designed to improve brain function - Brady increased his speed, visual processing and reaction time, all integral components of American football.

In last weekend's game, Brady went on to become the first player in NFL history to win six Super Bowls when his team, the New England Patriots, defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3, demonstrating the effectiveness of Peter's software.

Speaking before the Super Bowl from his home just outside San Francisco, Peter explained how Brain HQ works, how Brady used it to boost performance, and how he missed his hometown of Skerries: 'The software is a series of 29 different exercises; you're given some stimuli that you have to respond to, for example you might have to discriminate between two things or you have to figure out what's going on in a very small amount of time. So it helps you process information more quickly.

'Tom Brady really discovered Brain HQ himself. Around 2014, he started using the product, and found noticeable differences in his ability to act fast on the football field. He came to us and wanted to know a bit more about the science behind it, so we've had a relationship with him since then.'

Peter lived on the South Strand in Skerries until just after his Leaving Certificate, when he left to work in England before moving to San Francisco. He has, he said, very fond memories of the town, and of his house looking out over the sea with a view of the islands. Despite enjoying a good life in San Francisco, Peter said he still returns to Skerries as often as possible, as he said: 'My mom is no longer alive, but my dad lives on Rush Road, so when I go back to Ireland I usually spend some time there. I get to go back on average about every second year. If it's a family visit it's very expensive, so I used to go back quite a bit just by myself. I haven't been back for about 18 months, but I'm hoping to get back soon.

'I really like Skerries, and it has a lot of good memories for me. It's a lovely town, and I still keep in contact with some of the people I used to go to school with there. There's just a lovely community atmosphere there still. I know it's much bigger now than when I was living there, but to me it still has that small town atmosphere.'

Despite success in influencing the the Super Bowl, Peter needs no brain training to remind him where his true home lies.

Fingal Independent