Brady: Just 'me being me' in new commercial

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Brady: Just 'me being me' in new commercial

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady was available after Thursday's OTAs session -- always a boon for the media.

The first thing New England's quarterback was asked about? His new commercial.

You know, the one where he gets peeved in an LA Dick's Sporting Goods store and kicks over a cardboard cutout of himself. All in the name of Under Armour.
"I was laughing the whole day and they were like, 'No, you've got to get angry.' So I said, 'Okay, let me get the angry part down.' It was fun," Brady smiled.

"You probably see that all the time from me on the field. My teammates certainly do. It was fun. You know, you get asked to do different things and different times. It's a nice part of the offseason I'll remember. I'm glad it turned out well -- you never know how it's going to turn out. A lot of my teammates liked it, so I know we did a decent job."

The commercial has gotten over 887,400 views on funnyordie.com.

"It was pretty much me being me. My teammates see me angry all the time. It's pretty easy to get riled up. You have to do something you're not used to doing . . . that's the hard part. That was pretty easy for me."

Receiver Julian Edelman had high praise for his quarterback's acting chops.

"You know what Sean Penn did in Mystic River?" Edelman said. "It was like that."

Yeah, that's a joke; Penn won an Oscar for that role. But Brady had the good humor to laugh at himself.

"Julian is very critical of everything I do," he laughed. "I appreciate it and I'm very flattered that he likes it."

Brady allows himself to enjoy win: '[Bleep], you've got to be happy now'

Brady allows himself to enjoy win: '[Bleep], you've got to be happy now'

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady can be his own worst critic. That's why last week, after beating the Texans in the Divisional Round to move on to the AFC title game, he wasn't thrilled. He didn't play up to his standards. The offense struggled at points. He wore his frustration like a five o'clock shadow.

Winning is not everything for Brady, most weeks. He has an idea of how he should perform, how the Patriots offense should perform, and when those ideals aren't met, he's generally displeased. 

PATRIOTS 36, STEELERS 17

On Sunday, after beating up on the Steelers, 36-17, that wasn't the case. It was a sound performance, but it wasn't perfect. It was explosive at times, but it shined a light on areas where the Patriots will need to continue to improve. 

Despite its imperfections, Sunday was no time to brood about plays missed or lessons learned the hard way. Screw it, Brady seemed to say. They were going to the Super Bowl. It was OK to smile.  

"It was a good day," Brady said. "I mean, we're going to the Super Bowl, man. [Expletive], you've got to be happy now."

The Super Bowl berth is the ninth in franchise history -- more than any other club -- and the seventh with Brady and coach Bill Belichick. By throwing for 384 yards and three touchdowns on 32-of-42 passing, Brady tied Joe Montana for the most postseason games (nine) with three touchdown passes. 

Brady will also claim the record for Super Bowls played when he and the Patriots head to Houston. And if they win, he'll tie Charles Haley for most Super Bowl wins for a player (five).

Those are lofty numbers made even more significant, perhaps, due to the fact that Brady wasn't allowed to start this season as his team's quarterback. He was asked during Sunday's postgame press conference if it was personally satisfying to get back to the Super Bowl despite having to serve a four-game suspension due to Deflategate.

"Well, that's because of the hard work of a lot of people from my coaches to my teammates to our families that support us," he said. "It takes a lot of people, a lot of hard work and a lot of effort over the course of many months. This didn't start at 6:40 tonight.

"This thing started in April. It really started before that in free-agency when we were picking up guys like [Chris] Hogan and drafting guys like Malcolm Mitchell and guy who were in rehab like [LeGarrette Blount] and [Dion Lewis] and [James Develin] and Nate [Solder]. It's a lot of hard work. There are only two teams left standing, and I'm happy we're one of them."

They're going to the Super Bowl. He has to be happy now.