Tom Brady doesn’t appreciate eavesdropping on his conversations with Robert Kraft
|01.26.12 at 7:02 pm ET|
FOXBORO — You could tell it in the simple tone of his voice.
Tom Brady was ticked off Thursday when asked about his now-famous “apology” to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in which he said he was sorry for his performance in the AFC championship win over the Ravens and his promise to “play better” in two weeks in Indianapolis.
“I’m always trying to play better,” Brady said. “I think every player on this team is trying to play better every week. I’m glad we won that game. I’m glad we’re sitting in this position now. I think a lot of guys played really well and that’s what it’s going to take again this week.
“I always have private conversations with Mr. Kraft that are supposed to be private but I guess they’re not.”
NFL Films cameras routinely pick up candid conversations on the field following a game, with some showing up like they did on the “Inside the NFL” program on Showtime on Wednesday night.
Brady acknowledged the pressure of the Super Bowl but also embraced the chance to live up to the expectations of the Krafts and all Patriots fans.
“I think there’s pressure for every player,” Brady said. “It’s not necessarily me, and there’s certainly pressure on me, there’s pressure on the coaches, the players and we’re expected to do our job at a very high level. You go into this game where you’re playing your toughest opponent. There’s only two teams that are still going. There’s certainly a finality to this game, you’re putting absolutely everything into it, preparation-wise and you’re expected to go out there and play at your very best, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t because we’ve had 110 practices and this is our 23rd game of the year. It’s pretty incredible when you think of a real long football season.
“We have experience, we’ve seen a lot, this is the third time we’ll be playing this team, preseason, regular season and postseason so there’s some familiarity with them. Everyone should be excited and ready to go out and play our best game.”
Of course, everyone in the stadium recalls Brady telling the crowd on the AFC championship podium that he “sucked pretty bad” and thanked the defense for picking him up and helping the Patriots to a 23-20 win over the Ravens.
With Brady throwing an interception immediately after Brandon Spikes‘ pick to stop a drive, the star quarterback failed to convert a first down that would’ve sealed the game. Instead, the defense stopped the Ravens with less than 20 seconds remaining and then Brady was bailed out when Billy Cundiff hooked a 32-yard field goal attempt wide left with 11 seconds remaining.
Will he be ready to put his best foot forward and make good on that private promise to Kraft?
“I hope I do,” Brady said. “I go out there and you try to be at your very best in the biggest game. My teammates really count on that, certainly I count on that. There’s a lot of preparation that goes into that. Playing with confidence and anticipation and understanding the game plan and going out and executing it when it matters the most. That’s what it’s going to take. It’s a great team that we’re playing; everyone is going to need to be at their best.”