Brady re­main­ing calm un­der fire ahead of his sixth Su­per Bowl

The Herald - Sport - - FINAL SAY - JOE CAL­LAGHAN

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: sportlet­ters@the­herald.co.uk (please in­clude ad­dress). Tel 0141 302 7148-7157 / Fax 0141 302 7227 / sport@the­herald.co.uk

Sports ed­i­tor Don­ald Cowey / Deputy sports ed­i­tor James Mor­gan / As­sis­tant sports ed­i­tors Gor­don Steven­son, Jonathan Coates

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