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February 5, 2012

The Brady bond: Father and son share more than just Super Bowls

INDIANAPOLIS — Tonight Tom Brady, the original, will experience what he has before every game he has ever watched his famous son "Tommy" play.

His stomach will fill with butterflies.

"Sure, it's the Super Bowl and the stakes are higher, and there is always a concern for injury," said Tom Brady Sr., the father of the New England Patriots quarterback.

"But I don't think it's a whole lot different from when he was 10. Your heart is still with your kid, whether he's up at bat in Little League, shooting a free throw or throwing a pass. That part hasn't changed. It will never change."

Their postgame ritual won't change either. They kiss each other.

"We're kind of a kissing family," said dad. "We kiss everybody all of the time. We've very affectionate. Fortunately, Tommy never backed away from it."

Father and son are both competitive. They love sports. And they were two males in a family loaded with females.

"We used to hang around a lot together when he was growing up," recalled Tom Sr.. "He had three older sisters (Maureen, Julie and Nancy, all of whom earned Division 1 scholarships) and his mom. They would be together a lot doing 'girl' things. We had a lot of one-on-one time together doing 'guy' things. We would usually go off on our own, to some game or golf course."

He recalled a funny story when his son was 8. Before heading out to a San Francisco Giants game, they got up early to play golf.

"We used to bet. I would bet a dollar and he would bet a car wash," recalled Brady. "One day, we were on the seventh hole and I beat him every hole. He kept doubling up! I think he owed me 50 car washes. Next thing you know he hit a bad shot and flung his club down the fairway.

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