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Brady on Sports Illustrated cover: 'Never thought any of this would ever happen'

Brady on Sports Illustrated cover: 'Never thought any of this would ever happen'

Since becoming the Patriots starting quarterback, Tom Brady has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated 21 times. The latest coming this past week. The issue is entitled “The Patriot Problem.” The photo featuring a giant Brady with a bunch of NFL stars/lilliputians hanging off his body or at his feet. During Tuesday morning’s weekly interview with Kirk and Callahan on WEEI, Gerry Callahan wondered about Brady’s thoughts on that, and also on what it means to be a repeat cover boy. Turns out little Tommy Brady in San Mateo, California, was just like most of us, only his athletic dreams actually have come true.

“I saw it on social media,” he said. “I didn’t get a real copy. As a kid I did. I collected all of those and would actually tear out the covers and put them on the walls. That was the wallpaper for my bedroom for about five years of my life , , , 

“I never thought any of this would ever happen. I’d never thought I'd be in the situation I’m in. It’s pretty incredible, really. I’m very grateful, and still grateful I get a chance to do something I love to do, which is to keep playing and keep competing. It’s been such a part of my life for so many years. I don’t know what I’d do without it.”

Back then, Brady read those magazines cover to cover. Now, when it comes to football previews and game write-ups, what’s the point? He knows more than the writers do.

“In a way, I feel like I’m more - I’ve been watching pro football for 18 years - I’m an expert analyst,” he said. 

Plus Brady understands a tea can look one way on paper, but once the season starts to play out, many times you can just throw all that hoopla right out the window.

“A lot of things change over the course of a season,” he noted. “I mean how many teams are hopeful now? 32.  Two months from now they’ll probably be half as many. There are a lot of reasons why so you just have to go out and earn it. It’s not about predictions, or projections. It’s just about doing it.”

At 40 years of age, with a wealth of knowledge and experience that has allowed Brady, in his own words, to “have all the answers to the test,” he’s also wise enough to know that even his team, with it’s past history and current roster, has done absolutely nothing when it comes to the 2017-18 season.

“I’ve been on some great teams and you don’t really realize they are great until they have done it,” he said. “Even when I think of some of the great teams early in my career, I didn’t realize how many good players we had until you reflect on that year and go, ‘Man, those were incredible players I played with.’ At the time you are just in competition, so we’ll be competing hard. We have guys that have been working hard and buying into what coach is teaching us in the practices and so forth. The thing about football is you have to earn it and you have to earn it every day. It’s not roll your helmets out there and expect to win. We have to go do it. You have to put the work in, you have to put the effort, the commitment, the discipline, and all those things it takes that we talk about you need to do in order to achieve your goals. We’re not there yet. Hopefully it is good enough this week.”

Patriots fans will enjoy this video of Tom Brady's top 10 plays in 2018

Patriots fans will enjoy this video of Tom Brady's top 10 plays in 2018

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady took a lot of criticism during the 2018 NFL season, and a good amount of it was warranted, but the 41-year-old veteran got the last laugh when he held the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl LIII.

Brady became the first player in NFL history to win six Super Bowls when the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 on Feb. 3 in Atlanta. He didn't play particularly well against the Rams, but he made enough clutch plays with the game on the line in the fourth quarter.

The NFL tweeted a video Monday of Brady's top 10 plays from the 2018 season, including New England's memorable playoff run. Check out it out below:

Brady has been adamant about returning for the 2019 season, when the Patriots will try to become the first team since 2004 to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Given the way Brady played in 2018, there are plenty of reasons to believe next season's top 10 plays video will include several memorable playoff moments.

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NEXT PATS Podcast: Tom Brady getting a contract extension?; Where will Trey Flowers sign?; Golden Tate a fit for the Patriots?

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NEXT PATS Podcast: Tom Brady getting a contract extension?; Where will Trey Flowers sign?; Golden Tate a fit for the Patriots?

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4:15 - Former NFL agent Joel Corry, now a salary cap expert with CBS Sports joins to discuss Tom Brady’s history of giving discounts on his contracts to the Patriots.

5:45 - Corry says having Brady take discounts is the equivalent of having a quarterback on a rookie contract. Also, how Brady’s discounts are used against other players during negotiations.

8:05 - Since 2013, ten quarterbacks have made more money than Tom Brady as the Patriots QB continues to leave money on the table.

11:35 - Mid-February to Early March is the normal time for extensions in the NFL. Corry says that he would be shocked if Brady played hardball during his next contract negotiation. 

13:20 - How much money can the Patriots save by extending Tom Brady?

16:00 - How does Jimmy Garoppolo’s contract impact Tom Brady?

20:00 - Corry calls Trey Flowers the ‘belle of the ball’ for pass rushers during this free agency period and could get over $17 million per year.

24:05 - Chris Burke, who covers the Detroit Lions for The Athletic joins the podcast to discuss if Golden Tate could be a fit for the Patriots.

26:25 - What type of a receiver is Golden Tate?

29:05 - What kind of locker room presence does Golden Tate bring?

32:20 - Burke breaks down the Lions potential interest in Trey Flowers.

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