Brady: ‘Personal legacy' would never be part of my vocabulary


HOUSTON -- Tom Brady wouldn't make for much of a sports talk radio host. He's not into rankings, and it sounds like the only Mount Rushmore he's familiar with is the rock in South Dakota. 


When it comes to where he stands in league history and how his career is defined, he insists he doesn't care. He was asked about his personal legacy on Tuesday and was adamant about his apathy as far as that's concerned.

"I don't think anything about a personal legacy," he said. "I mean those words would never come out of my mouth unless I just repeated them. Those things have never been important to me."

Brady explained last week that he needs no motivation to win Super Bowl LI other than his teammates. His coaches, family, friends and fans certainly share some of the motivational pie as well. But his spot among the game's greats? That's not his bag, he says.  

Instead, he's focused on the here-and-now, how to beat the Falcons and their defense, how to snare a fifth Super Bowl ring -- something only one player (Charles Haley) has done before. 

It's an approach that's helped him enter into unending conversations of his personal legacy here on Radio Row, and it has him on the verge of adding to an already unapprochable resume.

He isn't going to change now.

"I never thought I'd be at this point in my life," Brady said. "I never thought I could play professional football. I didn't think I'd play any professional sports. Of course I had dreams and hopes like a lot of kids, but never could I imagine after 17 years of doing this . . . 

"It just feels very much like it's still ongoing. There's no time for me to look back or look ahead. There's so much going on. I've enjoyed every minute of it. I still want to keep playing. After this game, I'll probably take a week or two off and then get back to work. I'd love to do that after winning the game. That'd obviously make the offseason a lot more enjoyable."

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