Last night after receiving the award for AP Offensive Player of the Year, Tom Brady spoke with Fran Charles and Steve Mariucci from NFL Total Access about his foot injury, which he recently had surgery on, and the Patriots’ season, among other things. The question about Brady’s surgery was prompted when Mariucci saw Brady walk in for the interview with crutches. One thing that you can pull from the interview is the fact that Brady is relishing his role as a leader, if not the leader, of the team with all of the new, young players on the roster. Here are some highlights from the interview regarding his injury and his thoughts on the Patriots’ season that ended too early.
On his injury
“I had surgery about a week ago, actually about 10 days ago; it’s just something that’s been lingering a little bit. Over the course of the season, a lot of players throughout the league, a lot of players on our team deal with these type of injuries. Part of having a little bit of mental toughness is putting those things aside and still going out and trying to perform your best each week.”
On the Patriots’ season
“...I was able to go out there and help our team win the AFC East, which we’re all very proud of….I think obviously we had a great regular season as a team, but we just didn’t really take advantage of our opportunity there in the month of January.”
To view a video of the full interview, click here.
Tonight, the Coach of the Year will be announced. Bill Belichick is a strong candidate for that award so stay tuned.