Tom Brady: It was easier to get over Super Bowl LII loss than others
Tom Brady has made an appearance in eight Super Bowls, an undoubtedly remarkable achievement. While he has come out the winner in five of those championship games, Brady saw his New England Patriots lose to the New York Giants twice (Super Bowls XLII and XLVI) and again to the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this year in Super Bowl LII.
While losing in a Super Bowl undoubtedly is a devastating experience on a professional and even personal level, Brady recently revealed he had a much easier time getting over his most recent loss in the big game when compared to the previous two.
Brady made an appearance at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Monday. The biggest news to come out of his chat with moderator Jim Gray of course was his plans to not only play next season but well into his 40s.
However, hearing Brady explain how he quickly got over the loss in Super Bowl LII offers an interesting insight into how his priorities in life have had a tremendous influence on how he perceives his football career.
“Yeah. This is going to be my 19th season upcoming, and when you’re young, you don’t have the perspective on your career,” Brady said, via ESPN. “I certainly didn’t. We won three Super Bowls before I was 26 years old, so we had all this success. I was like, ‘This is my life. It changed so much.’ Then we went a long period of time without winning a Super Bowl, because it’s hard to do. Then we won in 2014, and there was so much appreciation because I had experienced so many adversities in my career in different ways.
“Because I had that perspective, after this season, I finished the game, did the interviews after with the press, and then I was walking to the locker room. I had my wife there, and I had my three kids. My daughter, who’s 5, and my middle son, who’s 8, they were crying. Then I was like, ‘I’m the one, I can’t be crying.’ I saw them, gave them a big hug and said, ‘Guys, this is sports. Daddy doesn’t always win. You try the best you can try, and sometimes it doesn’t go the way you want it to, but that doesn’t discourage you from trying again.’ My oldest son said, ‘Dad, you did your best.’ I looked at him, and it was a good moment for a father.
“I think the point is those things have changed me in my life. I’ve evolved and grown so much since I started. Just based on the circumstances of my life, I can deal with them better than I have in the past, where it was really the only thing. It’s not that it’s not an important thing, but there are a lot of other important things in my life, especially my family and my kids and teaching them the lessons I hope they’ll learn just from watching me do something I love to do.”
Brady’s comments about his family are not the first time his wife and children have come up as it relates to his NFL future. But it’s clear Brady has every intent to continue his pro football career, perhaps for years to come, despite some conjecture indicating otherwise.