FOXBORO -- Tedy Bruschi knows that Tom Brady still has that drive to be the best. How does the former Patriots linebacker know that? Not only does he currently see it on the field, but he also knows first-hand just how competitive Brady is.
In a conference call on Thursday, Bruschi told a soon-to-be legendary tale from the 2005 Pro Bowl, just a week after the Patriots had won their third Super Bowl in four years -- and their second straight.
But two in a row wasn't satisfying enough for Brady. Not even a week later, in Hawaii.
"It's never enough for him," said Bruschi. "And I think a lot of us were that way, early on. Myself, Troy Brown, Tom Brady, a lot of guys that people just didn't expect much from, that felt you always had something to prove, even when you had a lot of success achieved. It still wasn't enough.
"I remember, the only Pro Bowl that I played in, was after the Super Bowl against the Eagles. And we're waiting in the locker room -- all the Pro Bowl participants for the Patriots. So it was me, Adam Vinatieri, Larry Izzo, Brady.
"And, guys, seriously, we still had confetti in our pockets from the parade," added Bruschi. "The celebration and the euphoric feeling we had from the Super Bowl still was there. And before we went out to be introduced as the representatives of the Super Bowl champions -- the last introduction of the Pro Bowl -- we're there alone in the locker room, and Tom Brady looks at all of us and says, 'No one's ever won three in a row, guys.'
"And we all looked at him and said, 'C'mon Tom!' It was like, 'Take a break, take a little bit of a break and enjoy it.' I was sort of in disbelief that he was already there. He was already thinking about what was next."