But, he’s different, too.
The young Brady always smiled, he never stared or pressed. He was loose and played easy. He spoke in one-liners and chuckled with the media.
That has changed, maybe not so coincidentally with his playoff performances heading south.
Loose, free-wheeling Brady in the postseason? 12-2 with three Super Bowl wins.
Grown-up, serious, tight Brady in the postseason? 5-5 with two Super Bowl losses.
Brady’s still that fun-loving kid. He has to be. Tom, you’ve done more than enough in this game. No need to push. Keep your amazing drive. But find the fun again. It’s missing in your game. Swagger, dance, have some fun. Enjoy these times. Cherish them.
The window is closing, so enjoy what you have. You will be better for it, and so will the Patriots and their fans.