But this is exactly what happened on Wednesday, when courtroom sketch artist Jane Rosenberg's drawing of the 38-year-old New England Patriots quarterback at the settlement hearing for the ongoing Deflategate drama went viral. Check out her rendition of Tom, which plenty of people found pretty horrifying.
"Tell Tom Brady, I'm sorry," Rosenberg now tells Vice Sports about her widely skewered sketch. "He's a very good looking guy and if I didn't make him look good enough, I'll try harder next time."
"Obviously it's gone viral," she adds. "Some people are like sending me snippets though– -- things, complaints, that I made him look like Lurch or whatever."
She was much less apologetic in an interview with The Boston Globe. "I don't tend to flatter people and make them look beautiful," she explained. "At least they can figure out which one is Tom Brady. That's good, whether he looks good or bad. It's not just a stick figure of a nobody."
We can't say we disagree, though a look at Rosenberg's past courtroom sketches appear to be much more flattering, such as these drawings of Al Sharpton.