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Tom Brady explains why SI Sportsperson of the Year award makes him ‘uneasy’

Tom Brady was named the 2021 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year this week, and the 44-year-old future Hall of Famer admitted while accepting the award that such accolades make him feel “uneasy.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and seven-time Super Bowl champion appeared at the Sports Illustrated Awards ceremony Tuesday night. During his speech, Brady insisted that recognition for individuals achievements leaves him uncomfortable.

“Individual awards in a team sport always make me feel a bit uneasy, because nothing can be accomplished without the team,” Brady said in part. It’s always about the team.”

Brady was asked about his “uneasy” comment during his media availability Thursday ahead of the Bucs’ showdown Sunday with the Buffalo Bills.

While Brady admitted receiving the award was “humbling” in his comments Thursday, what else he had to say demonstrates how the Bucs quarterback is among the most media-savvy athletes in professional sports. Patting himself on the back over the recognition doesn’t really benefit him in any way. Preaching a team-first mantra is exactly the kind of persona Brady cultivates and goes to great lengths to project.

That being said, Brady certainly merited consideration for the Sportsperson of the Year, and by winning joined two titans of sport who have won the award more than once.

Rarefied air, indeed.