"You can't make decisions just for yourself, and I think that's one thing I've learned as I've gotten older: There is collateral effects to every decision that I make", Brady said. That's part of being in a very competitive sport.
"And I have a real hard time believing I'm going to be able to go out and play well against the No. 1-ranked defense in the league in four days". How you find that balance was a big part of what "Tom vs".
On the ABC morning show, Brady told co-host Michael Strahan of his family: "You want to be there for them, and you want to be there for the hockey games and the soccer games". "When you go, 'What are we doing this for?"
One interesting moment in the episode is Brady's first conversation with Rob Gronkowski after the Patriots tight end was knocked out of the AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars with a concussion. The Thursday before the game, he said his hand still didn't "feel right", but felt better enough that he thought he potentially had a shot to play.
Brady's son and daughter were crying when they saw their father after the Super Bowl.
How Brady, 40, strikes that balance is the theme of the "Tom vs". "I looked to to them and I said, 'This is a great lesson". "It was a second-down play, and it just happened so quick", Brady recalled in the episode.
When his wife, Gisele Bündchen, asked if Gronk was going to be OK for "the next game", Brady assuredly responded: "He should be". "Sometimes it gets out of balance and you've got to figure out how to bring it back to a point where it feels great for everybody involved". "You'll still have certain feelings and emotions toward the game, but the rawness of what happened will go away. God, you know, what should I have done?" You know what feels comfortable and you know what's not so comfortable.
Gronkowski returned to action in the Super Bowl and caught nine passes for 116 and two touchdowns, but the Patriots fell to the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33. I also realized I'm a lot closer to the end than to the beginning and you don't know when you are going to get opportunities again.