It's been a long journey. I've been at it for 15 years. We've had a couple of tough loses in this game. This one came down to the end and this time we made the plays.
Tom brady on being the MVP in Super Bowl XLIX
That wasn't the way we drew it up. A lot of mental toughness. Our team had it all year. We never doubted each other, so that's what it took. That was a great football team we beat. So happy for our team.
Tom Brady after winning Super Bowl XLIX
It's just part of whatever motivates guys and whatever they say. Ultimately it comes down to how well you play. What I've learned over the years, a lot of guys talk. What you need to do is go out there and play, back it up. They've been able to back it up, so that's why it works for them. Hopefully we can go out there and do our talking on the field.
It is. It's not just another game. It's the biggest game of our season, but, truthfully, when the ball is kicked off, it's like any other game. You just rely on the experience that you have to be able to temper the emotions and the enthusiasm, and then it's an emotional game, so you've got to let it all hang out when you get out there.
And even when I started my pro career, he traveled to Buffalo. I don't know if you guys have ever been to the hotels in Buffalo -- they're not the nicest places in the world -- but he would still travel to those. It was just great to grow up in a house like that and feel so supported by your mom and dad.
He's adding to a really strong group of receivers as it is. With every new guy, he has to find a role on the team. He's a very smart player. He came out here (Monday) and almost knew what he was doing on every single play, which was great to see.
I think often times when you are successful, you think, 'Oh, man, well, we must have done everything right,' but the guys who are here, we realize that we're always trying to improve and that's no different this year, ... Even in those [winning] years, we were not perfect in every phase.
We knew they are a great defense. They take advantage of a lot of bad offensive football. For the most part we played very good. Our defense making the play at the end of the game, it was incredible.
Tom brady when asked about Seattle Seahawks defense in Super Bowl XLIX
You wouldn't be on this team if you couldn't contribute to the winning, king of winning culture of our team. It's hard to make our team. Coach Belichik puts a lot of pressure on guys in training camp. If you make the team, you know that you have the confidence of the coaches that you can help us win. Everybody's got a skill. Everybody's got a skillset. Whoever is on the field has to be able to gout there and perform their job.
They're a ball-hawking defense and they definitely get after the football. I know Coach (Pete) Carroll said it's always about the ball. It's all about the ball. He's right. You see all their players are conscious of that. They're very conscious of stripping the ball. They're very conscious of getting their eyes on the quarterback when the balls being ready to be thrown so that they can make breaks on it.
My dad was always there to support me. He's been there every step of the way. Then I went to school a long ways from home (University of Michigan) and he and my mom were there at every home football game that they could possibly be at and a lot of road games, too.
I was so nervous to go out to practice because I was competing every day. I swear to God, I would lose sleep, ... I'd wake up and check the weather to see how windy it was going to be because I knew I was going out there and throwing. You'd learn valuable lessons about competition, and I approached every day in practice like it really was the game.
Well, like I said, I'm hoping to put together three good days of practice. We're trying to get to 1-0 and that should be the only goal on our mind. That's the only goal on my mind and the only goal on my teammates' mind, and we're going to do everything we can in the next two days to get ready, like I said, to play one of the most challenging Oakland games we've ever faced.