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When Tom Brady Speaks, We Listen

by Ryan Hudson

Yes, it's yet another post about Boston sports, something that I'm sure is meant with groans by some of our readers.

Since his season-ending knee injury back in September, we've heard a lot about Tom Brady's botched surgeries, his infections and his on-again, off-again, on-again, and now off-again engagement to girlfriend Gisele. But we never actually heard anything from the quarterback. Until now.

Brady broke his media silence with an appearance on The Fan 590, Toronto's Sports Radio, and spoke on his rehab.

"Anyone who has come back from injuries that require surgery, it's just a process," Brady told Fan 590. "There are some good days, some bad days, and you just have to keep plugging through them. That's life.

"Things come up and you just have to focus your energy and attention on all the positive things that you can gain. It tests you in a lot of ways. I'm excited about the process, I'm excited about the work."

At one point, Brady uttered an expletive when asked what it was like to spend virtually all of the 2008 season on the sideline.

"You play this game long enough and [bleep] happens, so to speak," he answered. "The reality is that it happens to everybody. I'm at a new part of my career and a different process that I'm excited about - rehabilitation and different challenges. The tough part is that you're not experiencing something you love to do."

He also took the time to comment on the Patriots' loss of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (now head coach of the Broncos) and vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli (now GM of the Chiefs).
"There is change every year and I think you have to get used to that in the NFL. You look at Tony Dungy, for the Colts, the head coach, he retired . . . Every team deals with it. We dealt with it about three or four years ago with our two coordinators, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel. Eric Mangini left. This year, it's different defections.

"It's the responsibility of the people who are still with the Patriots to worry about the Patriots. As long as we have Robert and Jonathan Kraft, and as long as we have Coach [Bill] Belichick, I would think we're going to be just fine."

You can read the full transcript here and listen to it here.