In his final press conference in Foxboro before the Patriots leave for Super Bowl LI on Monday, Tom Brady reiterated that there’s no extra motivation to win his fifth title because of his four-game Deflategate suspension at the beginning of the season.
"I'm motivated for my teammates. They're all the motivation that I need,” Brady said. “Nothing in the past is going to help us win this game.
“I don’t get caught in negativity and bashing other people. I’m very blessed. I get to do something I love to do, show up to work every day, play football in the National Football League and play for the Patriots.
“I grew up watching Joe Montana and Steve Young in the Bay Area at a great time. I’ve got support from my family and some great support from my friends. I love playing for this team. I’m very blessed. I try to keep a positive outlook and try to influence people in a positive way. I try to be an encouraging person in other people’s lives…”
Brady had been asked the same question in the wake of the Patriots' AFC Championship Game victory Sunday over the Steelers and basically gave the same response.
Brady was asked to reflect on today being the 17th anniversary of Bill Belichick’s hiring as Patriots coach.
“We came in at the same time, it was our first year together. Obviously I wasn’t drafted yet [Brady was picked in the sixth round, 199th overall, in April of 2000],” he said. “When they picked me I had to look at a map to see where the New England Patriots played because I had never been that far east before. [Draft day] was a magical day in my life and for Patriots fans having Coach Belichick has been the best thing for this franchise...”