Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a conference call with British media in advance of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in London. Below is a partial transcript of the Q&A, courtesy of the Patriots.
Q: Can you give us your general thoughts of the game in London and what it means to you and your team to be coming over to London?
Brady: "Sure, we're all very excited. I think this is a game that we've all been looking forward to since we heard that we were flying across the Atlantic to play. It's not too often that we fly east to play a game. And to play in Wembley Stadium, as historic a stadium as in the entire world, I think our team is all very excited for that."
Q: Will you be conscious that this is a different audience on an international stage?
Brady: "Sure, for us, the job's the same. When the ball is kicked off, the rules are the same for us, the field's the same size, we're playing an opponent that we studied all week. Obviously, the venue is different and we're in a different part of the world, but I know the excitement that the English fans have for sports, especially their favorite sport, which is their 'football.' Hopefully, we can bring some excitement and continue to have some fans from across the world enjoy the game that we love here in America."
Q: How do you prepare to go across the Atlantic with the time change?
Brady: "Yeah, we are leaving a few days early. We are leaving Thursday after our practice. I think we get in pretty early Friday morning. We will have a couple days to get acclimated to the time change. The weather is pretty similar in London as it is here in Boston, so we're pretty familiar with that. It's just going to be trying to get our rest before the game on both Friday night and all day Saturday, and really come out and play with a lot of excitement and energy because it's a special game for us. This is a game that we'll be remembering for the next 40, 50 years of our life, so we all want to go out and play as well as we can."
Q: Has Robert Kraft put any extra pressure on you to impress the locals?
Brady: "He's as excited as anybody to play this game. I think this has been something that he's been looking forward to for a long time. He always puts a lot of pressure on me to go out there and play my best. There's nothing I would rather do than go out there and have our best game of the year. We had a pretty good game this last weekend, in the snow actually, here in Boston. Hopefully, it doesn't snow this weekend in London, but this would be a great game for us all to go out there and play our best."
Q: There is a little bit more hype than usual because of the venue this week, can you throw us some parallels between this and your experience in the Super Bowl?
Brady: "I think we'll really start feeling that emotion once we get over to London. Hopefully, there's a lot of excitement over there for the game. We're very excited. We've been at this season now for about three months and this game we've all been excited about since we saw it on the roster. We've got to go out there and really have our best week so we can go out there and play our best this weekend. It's not an easy game. It's tough. We haven't won a game on the road yet, so that's going to be a challenge for us. [That is] something that we're looking forward to -- trying to get our first win [on the road]."
Q: Can you tell us about your previous experiences in London?
Brady: "I've been to London a couple times. I've been over there as a tourist a couple times. I've seen all the sights. I've taken the tours. I've walked the streets. I've really enjoyed being in England. I've been in other parts of the [United Kingdom] as well. I love golf, so I've been golfing in Ireland and Scotland as well. I've really enjoyed my time over there. Anyone who's been over to that part of the world comes away with a greater sense of history. I know this will be a great experience for the players."
Q: I know you have a little bit of Irish blood in you and I was wondering if you've researched your ancestry in Ireland at all?
Brady: "I think we're from Country Cork. It's been many generations. My father is 100 percent Irish. We took a trip over there together and visited some of the places where my family came from. That was a great experience for me and obviously I am very proud of my Irish roots."
Q: Do you have any specific concerns with your knee on the field at Wembley? A few years ago, when the Giants and Dolphins played the field, cooked up a little bit.
Brady: "I really don't have any concerns. I've played in almost I guess this is going to be my 10th or 11th game since the injury, so my leg feels really strong. I feel like I've had a lot of time on the practice field to get back into the rhythm of playing. Yeah, I watched that game a few years ago on that turf and it's a soccer field, so I guess it's pretty flat and the grass is a little bit longer, which hopefully slows down the pass rush of Tampa Bay. That's what I'm hoping. I always like it when they're as far away from me as possible. I've heard great things about this stadium; it's an incredible stadium. I've seen it on TV and I've watched a lot of European soccer also, so I'm very familiar with the grounds we're playing on and I'm hoping to go in there and get a victory this weekend."