Last season’s Super Bowl defeat was a tough one to take for Tom Brady. Despite throwing three touchdowns and setting a new record of 505 passing yards against the Philadelphia Eagles, the New England Patriots lost 41-33 with Brady dropping a simple catch on a trick play in the second quarter that would have secured a crucial touchdown. “I just didn’t make the play,” he sighed after the game.
The star quarterback with the golden arm and movie star looks begins his quest for a sixth Super Bowl ring this month when he and his Patriots begin their campaign against the Houston Texans. Can Brady haul the Pats over the line next February in Atlanta and become the first player to put six Super Bowl rings in his locker? You wouldn’t bet against him.
“The first time we ever won a championship was incredible, no one thought we had any chance,” Brady tells EDGAR. “But by the fifth time we won it, everyone thought we had a chance. I guess perspective changes over time, not for me so much, but for everyone else.”
Looking ahead to this 2018/2019 season, Brady is aware, perhaps more than ever, of the youth coming through the NFL ranks, guys who are half his age. “Right now there are so many great young players, the league is in great shape,” says the 41-year-old. “Ultimately it’s about the coaches being able to maximise the talent they have. Every player has their own different style and there are many different ways to get it done as an athlete. Some guys are shorter, smarter, with better movement. Some guys are taller, more powerful. Some guys are faster but not as strong, some guys are just pure strength. It depends what the team needs of you. Most importantly, you have to find the right fit.”