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Tom Brady on his illness: ‘It was nothing, I feel great’

01.16.14 at 2:09 pm ET
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Tom Brady has led the Patriots to the AFC championship game for the third consecutive year. (AP)

Tom Brady has led the Patriots to the AFC championship game for the third consecutive year. (AP)

FOXBORO — Tom Brady assured fans and reporters Thursday that he “feels great” and will be ready to go for Sunday’s AFC championship against the Denver Broncos Sunday in Denver. Brady said “he hopes” there’s no reason for fans to be concerned.

“Doing very well, thank you,” Brady said after returning to practice Thursday, a day after an illness forced him to miss Wednesday’s workout. “Good to be out there with the guys. had a good day of practice. Get back on track.”

What’s changed that allowed him to return Thursday?

“It was nothing,” Brady said. “I feel great. It was nothing at all.”

Brady dismissed the significance of missing a practice the Wednesday before the AFC championship, as he also did in Jan. 2012.

“Well, we’ve been at it for a while now,” Brady said. “There’s days where I’ve missed days of practice and you just deal with them. I’ve played a lot football over the whole season and I got back out there today and it felt good. It was good to be out there. We were moving around good, the team was practicing good and that’s the biggest positive for us. We need to practice good and we need to go out and play good. That’s going to be the most important thing.

“They’re going to challenge us in a lot of ways. They challenged us the last time we played them here. Going on the road to a great environment like this where the crowd is going to really be into it. It’s going to be an excited challenge for us so I’m excited.”

Brady was reminded that he had one of the worst games of his postseason career against the Ravens that Sunday with a 57.5 passer rating, no touchdowns and two interceptions. The Patriots managed to win the game, 23-20, when Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal at the end.

“That was bad,” Brady said. “It needs to be better than 57 this week. I hope they shouldn’t be worried but this team is going to test us. I’m going to go out there and do my best. Hopefully, I go out there and play my very best.”

But Brady also played one of his best postseason games hours after an IV. Brady had a fever of 103 degrees the night before the Patriots’ 41-27 win over the Steelers in the 2004 AFC championship.

He also responded to a survey that rated him as the most disliked QB in the NFL and the suggestion that it’s because he has a supermodel wife in Gisele Bundchen.

“There’s probably a lot of reasons,” Brady chuckled. “I don’t know. That’s a great question.”

Jealously of being married to a supermodel, perhaps?

“What kind of life do I have off the field that everyone knows so well,” Brady said. “I live a great life, I do. I’m not sure. I’m not sure. There’s nothing I rather do than play football for the New England Patriots. And yes, I have a great family. Thank you.”

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