A deeper look at Patriots QB Tom Brady

May, 4, 2013
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. But rarely do you get a view into his private life at home with his family.

ESPN the Magazine’s Seth Wickersham received an all-access pass with the future Hall of Famer to write about his home and family life. Here is an excerpt of how Brady balances his family life with his goals to succeed in the NFL:
"Football is pretty random. Parenthood is pretty random. We like to pretend otherwise, but it's true. Brady has never pretended, but damned if he won't strive to conquer them both. Brady's genius lies in his striving -- Lloyd Carr, his coach at Michigan, always said that nobody relished the struggle as much as Brady -- and it allows him to grow not only as a quarterback but also, as his dad says, into "a mature man who can balance all of his responsibilities." He strives even as his responsibilities extend beyond reading the defense, even as he tries to transcend the stereotypes of a celebrity parent and an older quarterback the way he transcended the stereotype of a younger one, no longer playing within his limits but redefining them with each pass and passing year.

"But years of coming up just short have worn on Brady, the frustration seeping out like a slow leak. He's more "ornery" than he used to be, more prone to flashing anger on the sideline. He doesn't sleep the night after the season ends. His emails are terse: "Bad day at the office." But when his kids wake up eager to play, regardless of who wins a football game, he forces himself to put on a happy face. "It's impossible," he says, "but I try."

For more on Brady, check out Wickersham's complete piece here.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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