Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is 39 years old. He’s played in a record six Super Bowl’s, and on Sunday he’ll try to become the only quarterback in NFL history to win five. After all these years and off of the success, it’d be natural if Brady lost some of his edge, but his teammates say that is far from the case.
“You watch a guy that’s been in this league as long he’s been, and seen how many big-time football games this guy’s played in, and to see him come in early and work on his fundamentals and still prepare like he’s a 22-year old undrafted free agent, that kinda sets a tempo,” Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman said.
After struggling in the Patriots Divisional Round win over the Texans, Brady was near perfect the next against the Steelers, throwing for 386 yards and three touchdowns while completing more than 76 percent of his passes. It’s easy to get up for a crucial life or death playoff game, but Patriots left tackle Nate Solder says Brady never changes.
“I think the shocking thing is you’d probably see the same person midseason, it’s the same guy,” Brady’s teammate of six seasons said. “The ultra-competitor, the guy that works hard, and does everything you can to win games.”
Brady has been able to win games despite having a spotlight on him that is as bright as anyone’s.
“I don’t know if I’m surprised, but I’m very impressed by it,” Solder said.
In the age of social media and with all eyes on Brady everywhere he goes, the quarterback has never had a major public misstep of any kind, yet, there’s a lot of hate for him, which Solder doesn’t understand.
“I’m not surprised because there is a public persona that’s much different than the actual person that we get to work with,” he said. “He’s a fantastic person, a great teammate, great competitor.”
“The only reason (people hate Brady) is jealousy.”