Tom Brady choked up when trying to explain why his dad is his hero

Super Bowl week began on Monday night when the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons met with the media at the scrum formerly known as “Super Bowl Media Day” and now known as “Super Bowl Opening Night.”

The event is still the usual swarm of mostly quasi-media members sticking their cameras in the faces of the players and coaches and asking mostly ridiculous questions. But the usual sea of slime had one touching moment on Monday night.

Trent Dilfer of ESPN helped a young reporter named Joseph get close to Tom Brady to ask a question. The question was simply, “Who is your hero?” Brady said his dad, but when he tried explain why, Brady had to stop as tears built up in his eyes.

The elder Brady has been in the news quite a bit recently as he ripped NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for saying it would be an “honor” to hand the Lombardi Trophy to Brady if the Patriots win the Super Bowl.

“It should be an honor, because somebody that has Roger Goodell’s ethics doesn’t belong on any stage that Tom Brady is on,” Tom Brady Sr. told KRON-TV in San Francisco (via ESPN). “He went on a witch hunt and went in way over his head and had to lie his way out in numerous ways, and the reality is that Tommy never got suspended for deflating footballs. He got suspended because the court said that he could — Roger Goodell could do anything he wanted to do to any player for any reason whatsoever. That’s what happened. The NFL admitted they had no evidence on him … For what the league did to him and what Roger Goodell constantly lied about is beyond reprehensible as far as I’m concerned.”

The younger Brady later joked during an interview with WEEI that he had “banned” his dad from speaking with the media. He was also better able to explain what his dad means to him.

“I love my Dad,” Brady told WEEI. “As any parent knows how much you love your kids. My Dad has been my best friend my entire life. He’s always been my No. 1 supporter. Hopefully he’s at the game cheering me on. He’s great man and I love him to death. He’s taught me everything about life. Certainly about how to be a father because he’s been the best one a son could ever ask for. I try to pass those things on to my kids because he was so supportive of not only me but my three sisters were all great athletes in their own right. My mom, they’re still married after close to 46 years. I’ve been very, very fortunate.”

It is clear from “Super Bowl Opening Night” that Brady was not just blowing smoke.

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Tom Brady nearly breaks down crying after question about dad

Tom Brady showed some rare emotion Monday night when the topic of his father came up.

Twice, Brady had trouble finishing answers, getting choked up and teary-eyed while talking about his father. The first time, a 7-year-old who won a contest to be a Super Bowl reporter asked him who his hero was.

“Who’s my hero?” Brady said. “That’s a great question. I think my dad is my hero because he’s someone I looked up to every day and, uh, [stopping because he is choked up] … my dad.”

Later, he was asked if what Tom Brady Sr. said last week about Deflategate represents what Brady himself feels about the controversy.

“I’d say my dad represents his feelings,” he said. “He’s a dad, and I’m a dad, and, um, [again stopping with tears in his eyes] … so, hopefully he’s here and cheering us on.”


It got all "Field of Dreams" at Super Bowl Media Day on Monday ... when Tom Brady fought back tears talking about how much he loves his father.

Brady was taking questions from reporters when he was asked to name his personal hero. What ensued was emotional.
"Well, I think my dad is my hero," Brady said with his voice starting to crack ... "Because he's the one I look up to every day ... and uh ... my dad."

It's interesting considering the anti-Roger Goodell comments Tom's father made over the weekend. Tom says he put a media ban on his dad ... but clearly, he ain't mad about it.

Now, go watch Ray Kinsella have a catch with his father and try not to lose it.

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