AFC East: Gisele Bundchen
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Now we're confused.
Tom Brady, in the first extensive group interview session since his knee crumpled nearly nine months ago, answered a question about how time away from football allowed him to enjoy his family a little more.
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|There were positive aspects to Tom Brady's season away from football, such as spending time with his significant other, supermodel Gisele Bundchen.|
The newlywed seemed to confirm a weekend report his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, is pregnant.
"I cherish those moments," Brady said. "There's been great things happening in my life for a long time, and certainly this year was no different in different areas of success with marriage and with children.
"It's a great part of my life, and so is work. I'm excited for all those things coming together. I think I'm a happier person when I'm working."
Brady, who has a son with actress Bridget Moynahan, laughed, slumped his head and stammered.
"No, it's ... No," Brady said unconvincingly. "One is enough. I've got dogs, and that's all I need."
He sure looked like a harried husband in a photo that appeared in today's Boston Herald. He's on a bicycle with son Jack behind him and a little dog in the basket.
Not exactly the image one prefers for their franchise quarterback.
But here's what Randy Moss had to say on the subject when I talked to him Monday.
"Tom Brady is human," Moss said. "Is he allowed to have a life? If the man gets married, the man gets married. If he has a wife, he has a wife. If he starts a family with Gisele, then he starts a family. He's a human, and humans are supposed to live their lives.
"A lot of people don't look at him as a human being. They look at him as God. There's only one god, and that's the man up above.
"I believe Tom Brady is going to lead us down the right path, and I plan on playing my career out with Tom Brady. I love what he brings to the table and I love the way he leads us."
The pop-culture Web site RadarOnline.com is reporting Bundchen is -- gasp! -- pregnant. Bundchen's people issued a "no comment" to the Boston Globe, but a source close to her did say "[Bundchen] is good at keeping a secret, but I think this time is a go."
Neither report mentioned how far along Bundchen supposedly is in her pregnancy, but if word is leaking out soon after the couple learned of their new addition, she might have close to eight months left.
That would put her due date in ... ummmm ... uh oh ... January.
The playoffs begin Jan. 9.
Personally, I don't think it will affect Brady one iota.
But that won't stop Patriots haters and Brady detractors from gleefully rubbing their hands together at the possibility the all-world quarterback be distracted for the playoffs and his evolving life away from football.After so many years of dominance, any reminder that Brady is human is encouragement for fans of other teams.
The New England Patriots quarterback consented Wednesday to his first real interview since tearing up his left knee in September.
He was on the air for only 10 minutes. The first part of the interview was devoted to Barack Obama's inauguration and Brady's philanthropic works in Africa, and some of the segment was dedicated to hawking a sports cream, the reason for his interview to begin with.
Still, he spoke and didn't dodge any questions that were set forth, although I was told by someone in the know concessions were made in arranging the interview and certain topics, including girlfriend Gisele Bundchen, were verboten.
He was not asked whether he would be ready for training camp, about the NBCSports.com report his rehab was delayed by an accumulation of scar tissue or if the Patriots would need Matt Cassel to stick around for a while.
Brady showed his interview skills were rusty when he unleashed a curse word not allowed in the U.S. or Canada.
What was it like to watch an entire season and not be able to play?
Tom Brady: You play this game long enough, and [expletive] happens, so to speak. The reality is it happens to everybody. I'm in a new part of my career, and I'm excited about rehabilitation and different challenges. The tough part is you're not experiencing something you love to do. But you get over that and you focus on what you've got to focus on and you just say, "OK, well, it happened. We're moving on."
Could you follow the team closely, or was it too hard?
TB: I watched everything. I was the biggest cheerleader. It's painful when you see our team lose, and I thought we really had a great year, being that we finished 11-5. It was tough enough to not make the playoffs, and a team that's in the Super Bowl, the Arizona Cardinals, we beat by 40 points.
So I was disappointed along with the rest of our team and coaches, but it was what it was. It was a tough competition in the AFC this year. We're going t try to make some improvements this offseason and see if we can make it back to being the division winner next year.