Tom Brady knows it takes only one play for NFL dreams to begin, or end.
After all, it took a sideline hit on Patriots QB Drew Bledsoe during the 2001 season to launch Brady’s storybook career. Another infamous hit in the 2008 season opener ended that season for Brady, then the reigning NFL MVP.
Brady has lived it, both sides of the not-for-long story. The underdog turned MVP, pitchman and super model-marrying Brady has some perspective on winning his fourth Super Bowl and joining some very elite company.
“I think one thing for certain is that when I missed the 2008 season and you sit there and watch your team play without you, you don’t take for granted these opportunities,” Brady told NFL Network this week during a sitdown interview for ‘NFL GameDay Morning.’” You realize how much you love the game. You realize how lucky you are to be in a place where winning is truly what’s most important, which are team has always been about. So, I love the game. I love playing.
“You think about one game for your fourth Super Bowl championship, like, it’s pretty incredible.”
It’s a candid side of Brady that doesn’t exactly show through on UGG ads or when he graces the covers of magazines. While he will never talk about his individual achievements over those of his team — which would be “The Anti-Patriot Way” — it’s a good bet the memories of entering the league as an sixth-round afterthought still drive him to this day.
Really, it’s all too incredible not to enjoy.
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