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Tom Brady shares daughter's great reaction to mysterious Super Bowl ad

Tom Brady shares daughter's great reaction to mysterious Super Bowl ad

Tom Brady still was very much a part of the Super Bowl LIV conversation Sunday.

The New England Patriots quarterback watched from afar as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20, but Brady starred in a much-discussed Hulu commercial that revealed the origin of his cryptic tweet from earlier in the week.

The 42-year-old wrapped up the ad by saying, "I'm not going anywhere," which obviously fueled speculation that he'll re-sign with the Patriots instead of leaving in unrestricted free agency.

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Brady joined Westwood One's Jim Gray at halftime Sunday to discuss the spot and shared what his daughter, Vivian, thought of seeing her dad on TV.

"It was pretty fun. I'm glad everyone enjoyed it," Brady told Gray. "My daughter loved it. When I walked in and saw her, she says to me, 'Daddy, we're not going anywhere!' And I thought it was so cute. She gave me a big hug."

... Sounds like the Bradys aren't going anywhere.

Of course, Brady's comment could just mean he's not retiring, and he has more than a month before teams can begin courting him on March 18. But it sounds like his daughter is supportive of daddy "not going anywhere."

Check out Brady's full interview with Gray here.

What Jim Gray has learned from his weekly Tom Brady interviews

What Jim Gray has learned from his weekly Tom Brady interviews

For the last 10 years, Jim Gray has conducted weekly interviews with Tom Brady throughout the NFL season. Over that period of time, Gray has learned plenty about the longtime New England Patriots quarterback.

In a recent interview with the New York Post, Gray opened up about the admirable way Brady has approached each of his interviews on Westwood One Radio. It all started with a promise made by Brady 10 years ago that he's kept to this day.

"Meticulous, prepared, very responsive, on time, humble, he’s unbelievable really," Gray said. "He never says, “Don’t ask me anything.” If he doesn’t want to answer the question then that’s how he will respond to it, but there are no preconditions.

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"He wrote me a handwritten note 10 years ago now before we started this. It said, “I look forward to doing the show. You’ll get the same effort out of me on Monday nights that I give my teammates on Sunday afternoons.” And that has been the case, he’s never missed a show."

Although the Patriots' season ended weeks ago, Brady remains the center of attention in the NFL world. The 42-year-old is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time of his career on March 18.

Despite maintaining a close relationship with Brady over the years, Gray knows as much about the six-time Super Bowl champion's future as the rest of us. When Brady himself doesn't appear to know how his offseason will unfold, Gray says there's no reason to ask him about it.

"He doesn’t know," Gray said. "When he doesn’t know I am not sure how any of us can know. How many times can you ask the same question? As it evolves he will let us know. It’s not like he’s hiding something. I’ve asked him and he’s committed several times on the air to us that he’s playing next season. There’s not much he can be involved with outside the Patriots till March 18."

All signs point toward Brady returning for his 21st NFL season, so the weekly Westwood One interviews should continue. As for whether Brady will be a Patriot for his 11th year of interviews with Gray, that'll likely remain a mystery for the next couple of months.

Gray and Brady's final interview of the 2019-20 season will take place before Super Bowl 54 on Feb. 2.

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Tom Brady calls out critics trying to make 'Spygate 2.0' a 'distraction'

Tom Brady calls out critics trying to make 'Spygate 2.0' a 'distraction'

As far as Tom Brady is concerned, it's the New England Patriots against the world.

The Patriots have won both of their games -- 34-13 over Cincinnati, 24-17 over Buffalo -- since the NFL began investigating them for illegally taping the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline.

That incident, branded as "Spygate 2.0," has brought a wave of unwanted attention to New England at a crucial stretch of the season.

But Brady insists the media's coverage hasn't affected the Patriots inside their locker room.

"I’ve put it out of my mind," Brady told Westwood One's Jim Gray on Monday night. "I’ve not thought about it since I heard about it. I think a lot of people are making a lot of nothing."

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The story first broke on Dec. 8 when Bengals coach Zac Taylor confirmed he was aware of the NFL's investigation into the Patriots.

That investigation still is ongoing, and according to the latest report, the league has yet to find proof New England's football operations staff had any connection with the in-house production team that shot the illegal footage.

For Brady, the only frustrating part of this latest incident is that he has to shoo away critics who he believes are trying to make "Spygate 2.0" a bigger deal than it is.

"We are thinking about other things. We’re trying to focus on winning games," Brady said. "As a player, my job is to go out there and do the best I can do and eliminate as many distractions.

"A lot of people are trying to make this a distraction for us and we’re not going to allow that to happen."

Brady's Patriots are 12-3 entering their regular-season finale and can secure a first-round bye and No. 2 seed in the AFC with a win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Apparently that's all they're focused on.