New England’s obsession with Tom Brady is very, very real. He has been showered with attention ever since he signed with the team 16 seasons ago.
As usual, the Patriots quarterback took some time to sign autographs Monday night after the team’s training camp practice in Gillette Stadium. And as Brady made his way down the line, dozens of adoring fans were unable to control themselves, screaming and calling his name.
Brady has attracted even more attention than usual this offseason as he continues to look displeased to be in Foxboro. In a recent Q&A with ReligionOfSports.com, a site that Brady co-founded, the quarterback reassured his fans and put to rest the notion that his passion was waning.
“Football is my entertainment,” Brady stated. “There’s nothing I love more, which is why I’m still playing. Knowing that my coaches, teammates, and I are aligned on our goals, which is to get better every day and go deep into the season again, is what excites me the most.
“Getting out on the practice field with them and getting our timing right, tinkering with new ideas and plays, figuring out the chemistry with the new guys, going at it with the defense — all of it — is what drives me. I mean, I love it. I guess that you could say I found my conviction. It’s football season — Let’s Go.
“It’s a big commitment,” Brady said in the final episode, which aired in March. “I’m sitting here, laying here, three days after the year, getting my Achilles worked on, and my thumb. And you go, ‘What are we doing this for?’ You know. ‘What are we doing this for? Who are we doing this for? Why are we doing this?’ You’ve got to have answers for those questions, and they have to be with a lot of conviction. You know, when you lose your conviction then you probably should be doing something else.”