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Tom Brady refers to Robert Kraft as a ‘second father’ to him

01.31.17 at 7:03 pm ET
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Tom Brady referred to Robert Kraft as a second father on Tuesday. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady referred to Robert Kraft as a second father on Tuesday. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

HOUSTON — It’s been clear over the years that Tom Brady and Robert Kraft have a very close relationship when it comes to a NFL owner and the quarterback of the team.

Brady detailed just how much Kraft has meant to him on Tuesday, noting how he moved all the way across the country from California to play for the Patriots.

“I am a long way from home and when you are all the way across the country and don’t have any family — we have been through a lot of ups and downs together and through a lot of challenging moments that have brought us closer together,” Brady said. “He has been a second father to me in a lot of ways and given me a lot of advice over the years about a lot of things that only someone like he could speak to and relate to. Whether it has been family situations or friendship situations, career advice, it has all mattered to me.

“He knows how I feel about him. It means a lot to him for us to get to this point and he works his butt off to get us here. I know how disappointed he is when we lose this game, he lets me know it. It is great to go out and win it but it is going to take a big effort.”

When it came to Deflategate, Kraft made sure to defend his quarterback, something that meant a lot to Brady.

“[Mr. Kraft] is someone special and he obviously means a lot to me,” he said. “He knows how I feel about him and it is nice to go out there. They provide us with a lot of support and encouragement. He has always opened up his home to me and my family and we have shared holidays together and a lot of meals and conversations about life. That means a lot more at the end of the day. Personal relationships are what life is all about.

“Football is obviously something that I love but the relationships of football are what are going to be most gratifying. My relationship with him, my coaches and my teammates, those are the things that after it is all said and done that is what you have.”

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