EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


February 5, 2012

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


"I had warned him earlier and told him he was done playing if he did it again. I told him to pick up the club and take his bag to the car and wait for me. I was going to finish the (nine holes). I told him I'd never play golf with him again. He cried and cried."

Guess what happened after they went to the Giants game?

They went back to golf nine more holes ... together, of course.

Tom Brady, the quarterback, waxed poetic about his dad several times last week, once appearing to get a little emotional.

"It's one of my favorite topics, talking about my dad and my relationship with him," said Brady, who gave his father his first Super Bowl ring. "He was my role model growing up. I really enjoyed spending time with him. My dad would always take me on trips together. We always enjoyed playing golf together and doing things one-on-one."

The Patriots quarterback elaborated how his parents made so many of his games, home and away, at the University of Michigan. It was a lot of flying from their San Mateo, Calif., home outside of San Francisco.

"We always wanted to see all of our kids play," said Mr. Brady. "There was one year when three of our kids were in high school and we counted 315 games between them. We made sure that either my wife of myself were at every one of them. It made us crazy. But it's who we are."

Mr. Brady says as proud as he is about his son's talents on the football field, and the chase for a fourth Super Bowl ring, that's not the complete story.

"Tom is an extraordinarily affectionate father and husband," said Tom Sr. "He loves his wife and kids. He has found a wife (Gisele) just as loving as he is. They both have big, big hearts. I couldn't be prouder."

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