Brady remaining calm under fire ahead of his sixth Super Bowl
THERE is little that fazes Tom Brady. On the field or off it, the pre-eminent quarterback of his generation has earned a reputation for just getting it done.
Taking part in his sixth Super Bowl Media Day this week, the New England Patriots poster-boy stuck to his tried and tested formula and remained cool under fire. It helps that he probably heard the questions before during the ‘anythinggoes’ get-together with reporters.
Ahead of the 2008 Super Bowl, which was also played in Glendale where the Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Brady was asked by a female presenter from a Mexican television station if he would marry her.
This week, no wedding proposals were put to the Patriots quarterback, but Brady fielded a few questions out of left field, like, ‘Who has the best beard on the team?’ Answer: ‘Rob Ninkovich, Julian Edelman.’
‘What hurts when you get sacked?’ Answer: ‘Depends where you land.’
Brady answered all with a smile and good humor, clearly happy that the questioning, for the most part, steered clear of the deflated football controversy that has hung over the team since their blowout victory over the Indianapolis Colts that clinched a Super Bowl berth.
The Patriots, and in particular Brady and coach Bill Belichick, arrived in Phoenix under pressure to provide answers as to how 11 of 12 footballs used in the AFC championship game did not meet NFL standards.
Instead of hounding Brady, the hundreds of media crowded around his podium treated the three-time Super Bowl champion with gentle respect, allowing him to reflect on what is certain to be a Hall of Fame career.
“I never imagined this in my wildest dreams,” beamed Brady, looking out at a wall of cameras and microphones.
“I loved having a chance as a kid to go out and play with my friends, so to play football with the older boys was fun.
“To get a chance to play in the Super Bowl, I never thought I’d play in one. So it’s pretty unbelievable to play in six.”
While Brady’s legacy is secure a Super Bowl victory on Sunday would cement Brady’s place among the all-time greats, joining his childhood hero Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks with four rings.
“It’s hard to think about those things,” said Brady. “Those guys are unbelievable players. I was the biggest 49er fan growing up and to watch Joe and Steve Young -- who were my two idols -- who were just great for the game.” 200 Renfield Street, Glasgow G2 3QB. email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please include address). Tel 0141 302 7148-7157 / Fax 0141 302 7227 / email@example.com
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