Tom Brady on D&C: ‘It’s nice that it actually goes our way’ after past Super Bowl frustration
|02.03.15 at 9:44 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, still reveling in Sunday’s Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks, made his final weekly appearance of the season with Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Recalling the final 80 seconds of Sunday’s game, Brady expressed his dismay with the circus catch by Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse that made it appear New England would be victim to another miraculous finish, and his elation when rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler made the game-saving interception.
“I couldn’t believe [Kearse] caught it,” Brady said. “I watched the play and then I saw the deflection and I thought it was incomplete so I turned my back pretty quick. And then somehow people were still cheering. I turned around and I saw the refs going to signal a catch. I really couldn’t see what happened. I looked up on the big screen and I saw the catch and I just shook my head. I said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’
“And then they gave it to Marshawn [Lynch] on whatever, first down. And then it was second down. And then it all happened so quick. The clock was running. I was like, ‘Are we going to call timeout? What are we going to do? We chose not to. There was obviously a great reason why we didn’t. Malcolm came up with the play of our season.
“It was very quick how all that stuff transpired. And that’s football. We’ve been on the other end of that. Things that would happen once every 10 years happened against us. So it’s nice that it actually goes our way.”
While Butler was not well known to most of America before his pick, Brady said the Patriots knew he was capable of making just such a play.
“A guy like Malcolm who makes that type of instinctive, quick play, that’s one of his strong suits,” Brady said. “I don’t think it surprised any of us players, because that’s really what his skill set is. A lot of people didn’t get to see that over the course of the season.
“It comes off as a great play, which it really was, obviously the biggest time of the year. Someone had to make a play. It happened to be Malcolm.”
Asked if he would consider giving his MVP truck to Butler, Brady said: “I would love to give him the truck. I would love to do that. I’m going to figure out how to make that work.”
Brady expressed relief in having broken through after a 10-year title drought that included a couple of near misses.
“I think based on the 10 years prior, I think that’s probably why it’s so satisfying,” he said. “I said after the game when we won our first three it happened so quick, and then to have a 10-year gap there with a lot of really great football teams and great years but never able to win the last game. Then to do it in the style we did it the other night was just spectacular.
“It’s just a lot of hard work. It’s a lot of long nights after losses. It’s a great achievement, it’s a great experience. Everybody should enjoy it, because it’s so hard to do. I’m just proud of everybody that I played with, all the coaches that coached us this year. To be able to do it was spectacular.”
Brady came under heavy criticism in the days leading up to the game as there was widespread speculation that he was not being completely honest about Deflategate. After Sunday’s game, Brady’s father defended his son’s reputation.
“I think it’s natural obviously for a parent to feel the way they feel about their kid,” Brady said. “My dad and my mom, they’re 70 years old now. It’s not an easy thing to see any of your children go through anything that’s challenging. I think as a player, whatever people may say or think, it’s never been a great motivation for me. I think it’s more just how I feel about it and my belief and how I see myself and how my teammates see me. That’s what’s the most important thing.
“The people that may be critical, everybody has an opinion and that’s their right. If they want to believe whatever they want to believe, that’s their choice. That’s OK with me.”
Brady said he can tune out the criticism as long as he still has the support of those close to him.
“I’m a human being, so you have a lot of emotions just like everybody else,” he said. “I am who I am, and I’m very proud of who I am. It’s just how I choose to live my life. Like I said, the most important thing is how the people who know me feel about me. A lot of people that may be critical at times don’t know me — or may be positive at times. There’ s a lot of people that — truthfully over the course of my career I’ve never had anyone say anything bad about me. I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to be able to have that.
“I couldn’t imagine going through losing seasons. That would be really challenging, because that’s something I actually care about. To win is why I play. To win is why our team takes the field every year. I’ve just been blessed to be part of such a great organization. There’s no place obviously I’d ever want to play. I love being here and I love representing our team, Mr. Kraft, Jonathan, playing for coach [Bill] Belichick. It’s been a lot of fun.”
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