ATLANTA – The (almost) annual photo of the Brady family was launched on Instagram Saturday Night. It's a unique tradition because it takes place almost every year the day before the Super Bowl, in the Super Bowl field, where Tom Brady will play.
In this case, they are three consecutive years and four of the last five. Brady will play in his ninth Super Bowls on Sunday, but three of those prior to the founding of Instagram in 2010. The old school movie had to be enough back then.
The New England Patriots like to jump into practice on the Saturday before the game and, instead, allow each player and coach to bring their family to the field. Forget about a last minute ride, the Mercedes Benz stadium where the Pats will play at the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, was invaded by children, parents, sisters and brothers, all for photos and fun.
"This is a dream for all the players who play in this game, so being able to share it with loved ones and family members is special," said Pats coach Bill Belichick, who had his two-year-old granddaughter, Blakely. . among others. "We've tried to hug him."
That undoubtedly includes the most famous patriot of all. Brady has used the photo of Saturday's Super Bowl over the years to indicate hope and happiness, triumphs and worries. Two years ago, it was just that he and his father, Tom Sr., made a kiss on the cheek to Galynn Brady, who had been fighting cancer, but had gathered enough strength to come to Houston to take care of his son.
That was a sign of gratitude, honor and perspective.
The last two years, it has been a complete set of smiling children, spouses, nieces and nephews, including a healthy Galynn.
These are photos of joy, appreciation and support.
It's easy to assume that a kid who is rich and famous and plays the great game apparently every year is somehow different from everyone else, but at age 41, Brady does everything he can to stay on the ground and be aware of what what else matters. He is, at this point, both a suburban father and anything else.
"Family and soccer," wrote Brady.
He is not alone, of course. It takes so much work to get to the Super Bowl that no player comes alone. It may be the parents who took them to the internship as children or worked in additional jobs for additional training for their children. Maybe it's the brother who pushed them into the backyard games. Maybe it's the wives and children who sacrifice family time during the long season.
The Rams had a similar experience, with a field full of families, selfies and improvised games. There was the mother of C.J. Anderson and the son of Aqib Talib and a large number of children by Andrew Whitworth. On Friday night, Whitworth organizes a dinner for almost 20 people at a spit in Buckhead.
"For many kids it's their first [Super Bowl]"Rams coach Sean McVay said," And I think it's definitely something you want to appreciate. "
For Brady, it is a ninth record, but it is clear that he is appreciating it as much as any of the previous ones. While he has managed to get here more often than any other player, he never believes that it can be easily achieved.
In addition, throughout his career, these events have changed. In February 2002, he was 24 years old, single and still not very well known. He said his first three Super Bowls were for him, his dedicated parents and his three older sisters, all of them great athletes who grew up in San Mateo, California.
This last section of them has been increasingly about sharing them with his wife Gisele Bundchen and their children, who each year grow older and, therefore, more of their own people.
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Jack is now 11 years old and is a big football fan. Benny is 9 years old and has other interests besides his father's profession. The daughter Vivian is 6 years old and clearly has her father wrapped around her finger.
"I will talk to my son Jack about the game and what he thought about the game and he will say," Dad, what were you doing on this play? Why did not you just do this? "Brady said this week, laughing at the story. "He sees football and his friends talk about football and that's a very good thing for a father and for all of us, when our children are interested in what we are doing."
"My son Benny, I do not know if he will see a play in the game, but the fact that he gets popcorn and a lot of junk food is what I think he expects," continued Brady.
"And V, she's the little cheerleader," said Brady. "She'll tell me," Hey Dad, did you hear me? "I said," Go Daddy Go! "& # 39 ;. And I'll go, & # 39; Of course I heard you ! & # 39; "
He may be the best quarterback in the history of football, but this week he looked more like your typical father, proud of his family.
"Children bring a lot of perspective to our lives and they are the most beautiful things in our lives, very happy," said Brady. "The fact that they are getting older and can share this with me is really creating a lot of memories, obviously for them, but for me also in different ways when I was younger."
One of these years will end the annual Super Bowl photo shoot. Yes, even for Tom Brady. Until then, this could be the time when Brady expects more, an opportunity, like all players here, to reflect on a season of achievements and offer thanks to the most important for helping them get there.
"It's a really cool thing," said Brady.