My Favorite Ring is Always the Next One
I think that at the start of a game, you're always playing to win, and then maybe if you're ahead late in the game, you start playing not to lose. The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win.
Football is unconditional love.
I have no knowledge of anything.
A lot of times I find that people who are blessed with the most talent don't ever develop that attitude, and the ones who aren't blessed in that way are the most competitive and have the biggest heart.
I got a few Mrs. Bradys in my life.
I could talk food all day. I love good food.
Life is not living in the suburbs with a white picket fence. That's not life. Somehow our American culture has made it out that that's what life needs to be - and that if it's not that, it's all screwed up. It's not.
With football, you can have up to 28 guys you consider starters, and if they can pick up the slack when some aren't playing so well, you don't have to turn those two-game losing streaks into six-game losing streaks.
I didn't alter the footballs in any way
I'm a pretty good winner. I'm a terrible loser. And I rub it in pretty good when I win.
I don't put any thought into the footballs after I choose them. When you're out there playing in front of 70,000 people, like a home crowd, you don't think about it. You're just reacting to the game.
Certainly I accept my role and responsibility as a public figure and a lot of it you take the good with the bad, dealing with different adversities in life, you just try to do the best you can do.
So many guys are so conservative with their hair, and I always joke with all my buddies when they mess with me, and I'll say, 'That's right, keep the same haircut for ten years.' How fun is that?
If you waste your time and energy on things that don't matter in the outcome of the game, then when you get to the game you're not going to give your teammates the best that you have to offer.
You go through high school and college the same way: never listening to your coaches because you're the best. But when you get to the pros, all that stops because everybody there has talent.
Football is a contact sport and there's a lot that goes into it. But I have committed myself for a long time to doing it, and because I love doing it so much I want to make that commitment.
Everyone is dealing with something. This is life; this is not just a piece of cake. You expect that when your teammates are doing their jobs, so you got to compartmentalize and do your job.
We all have experiences in our lives that change us, and we all learn from people, like my dad, but at the end of the day, it's only us. And we're only responsible to make ourselves happy.
I think any man who lets a woman pick what he should wear... I mean, you gotta draw the line somewhere as a man. I see these guys, 'My wife told me to wear this!' And I just shake my head.
As an athlete, when you are on that field and the fans get really engaged and you can feel their energy and passion and true love of the game, it is absolutely a spiritual experience.
A guy like Malcolm who makes that type of quick, instinctive plays, that's one of his strong suits. I don't think it surprised any of us players because that's what his skill set is.
I think it's a feeling like I've got it all figured out. There's nothing that can shock me anymore. There's nothing I haven't anticipated; so at that point, there is a calmness.
Sometimes some of the toughest things you deal with end up being the best things because you realize the people that you can rely on, that love you and support you through it.
I think I've been fortunate over the years to be at a point in my career where I really get to choose the partnerships that I really want to take on and they're a perfect fit.
My mom was a great tennis player, and I remember being six or seven years old watching Steffi Graf and Monica Seles in Wimbledon in my house. I've always been a tennis fan.
I can't do anything with what's happened in the past. I have to just go forward with the most awareness I can going forward and trying to be the best I can be for our team.
To me, football is so much about mental toughness, it's digging deep, it's doing whatever you need to do to help a team win and that comes in a lot of shapes and forms.
My job is to play quarterback, and I'm going to do that the best way I know how, because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me.
It's never come easy for me. I don't think my mind allows me to rest ever. I have, I think, a chip on my shoulder, and some deep scars that I don't think were healed.
Every quarterback can throw a ball; every running back can run; every receiver is fast; but that mental toughness that you talk about translates into competitiveness.
You don't like to see your guys take the field without you because it makes you feel like, man, maybe they really don't need me out there, which is kind of humbling.
Matt Damon is a great actor, and he's from Boston, so we've got a few things in common. I've seen him throw a football, though. He definitely needs to work on that.
I dress for the occasion. I like Tom Ford for more formal, especially his suits, and I wear a lot of Under Armour for my athletic gear. I also love Rag & Bone.
You have to believe in the process. You have to believe in the things that you are doing to help the team win. I think you have to take the good with the bad.
I'm much more comfortable and confident running out on the field in front of 70,000 people instead of standing in front of a camera trying to say some lines.
I see so many guys, really athletic guys, wearing pleats and I just shake my head. Like, Tiger Woods used to wear pleated pants! I'm like, 'C'mon, Tiger!'
I approach every week the same. I think I've always tried to be very professional to how I approach the game, my preparation. Every game is important.
As for hobbies, I don't really read or watch TV. I'm very active. I like surfing, skiing, riding bikes with my kids, and working out with my friends.
To me, if you're trying to impress a girl, get a date, they're gonna like that more because you're a confident guy. That's what it comes down to.
Mentally, the only players who survive in the pros are the ones able to manage all their responsibilities. Everybody struggles in different ways.
Everybody has an opinion. I think everybody has the right to believe whatever they want. I don't ever cast judgment on someone's belief system.
I don't care about three years ago - I don't care about two years ago. I don't care about last year. The only thing I care about is this week.
It's easy when you have receivers that are open all the time and an offensive line that never lets anyone touch you. It makes it fun to play.
I'm attracted to women who are smart and funny and ambitious and have lives of their own and great families. Isn't that what attracts anyone?
On the field, you come into sync with your teammates and coaches and together you achieve something that you could never do on your own.
I like skiing and surfing with kids. They are the cutest little skiers out there, in their little outfits. I just want to eat 'em up!
What strikes me most about Best Buddies International is the simplicity and magnitude of the mission. Friendship is a simple idea.
All parents are concerned about their children's well-being. As a parent of three kids, I'm very concerned about their well-being.
You can't go out and practice average on Wednesday, average on Thursday, okay on Friday and then expect to play well on Sunday.
I've always been privileged to play for Coach Belichick, who I've always said is the best coach in the history of the league.
As athletes, we think we're heroes, but when you witness firsthand what I saw yesterday, you realize who the real heroes are.
When you hang with a bunch of 300-pound linemen, you tend to find the places that are the greasiest and serve the most food.
This is really a dream come true. To be the starting quarterback in the Super Bowl is probably the highlight of my life.
I think I have a certain respect for people, you know. And I guess a lot of times I expect that respect to go both ways.
I think I've always tried to be very professional to how I approach the game, my preparation. Every game is important.
I feel like I've always played within the rules. I would never do anything to break the rules. I believe in fair play.
I don't think there's a lot of carry-over from year to year. I don't think anybody cares what you did the year before.
You put all the other stuff aside and go out and do your job, and mine is to be the best I can be for my teammates.
Is it going to make me feel any better to make an extra million? That million might be more important to the team.
Sometimes, getting up in the morning and brishing your teath is the hardest part of the day - it all just hurts.
When you have two busy kids running around the house, returning e-mails is a task, let alone surfing the web.
If you're a quarterback, you want everything on your shoulders. You want to be the one to make the decisions.
I think sometimes in life the biggest challenges end up being the best things that happen in your life.
Butler's interception comes off as a great play, which it really was, at the biggest time of the year.
I have a memory, and I can just eliminate mistakes when they come up because I've already made them.
Derek Jeter is one who played for such a long time, and David Ortiz in Boston is doing it right now.
Whenever I see Michael Jordan I'm still blown away because he was such a hero of mine growing up.
Fortunately for a quarterback, you can play for a long time because you don't get hit very often.
It's an incredible play, and not only that, that's the type of plays Malcolm makes for our team.
I've had just about everything punched. I've had things grabbed that just shouldn't be grapped.
My job is to evaluate the field, pick the guy that I think is most open and make a good throw.
I'd be that James Bond character from the Beautyrest commercial that we did. Maybe some day.
I think so highly of people who love their sport and make a really strong commitment to it.
I don't know what I believe. I think there's a belief system, I'm just not sure what it is.
I'm not a person who defends myself very often. I kind of let my actions speak for me.
I'd love to give Malcolm the truck. We're going to figure out how to make that happen.
A lot of people didn't get to see Butler's skills throughout the course of the season.
The only thing I really like doing during the week is getting ready to play the game.
I love Serena [Williams]. Seeing what Serena's done in her field has been incredible.
All I do is work out, oh my God! Half my life is spent in a gym somewhere, sweating.
Everyone is dealing with something. This is life; this is not just a piece of cake.
I feel like I have always played within the rules. I would never break the rules.
I knew I became a professional when I stop paying attention to what time it was.
Man, wear your seat belts. That's all I can tell everybody. You never know.
There's a lot of people who don't like Tom Brady and I'm OK with that.
The only thing I ever wanted to be was a professional football player.
In sports you often become part of something greater than yourself.
The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win.
I play a complicated position in an intensely team-oriented game.
Some of the best motivation in life is trying to impress a girl.
In Boston, they love their sports celebrities. And it's great.
I'm not squeezing the balls. That's not part of my process.
I love playing football. I love playing for the Patriots.
If I have something to say, I want it to be meaningful.
I would never do anything outside of the rules of play.
I'm pretty chirpy. I can talk a little too much smack.
I like to have fun all the time, even if I'm working.
When you lose, talk little. When you win, talk less.
I'm an emotional person. Sometimes I can't help it.
As a part of the NFL, things change every year.
I certainly want a name that I can pronounce!