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Surgeries affected Brady's contract mindset

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With a media mob scene around quarterback Tom Brady this morning in the team's locker room, and with the likelihood that he wasn’t going to answer many questions on his contract, the thought came to mind: What could Brady possibly be asked that might add insight into his business-based thinking?

The result was a question on whether his experience in 2008, when he was injured in the season opener, affected his mindset when it came to his contract.

What resulted was Brady acknowledging that he’s had four surgeries in eight years.

“That’s a big part of it. It’s a physical game. I’ve had four surgeries in eight years,” Brady said, before mentioning his shoulder, knee and groin. “Pretty much every other year having a surgery. All surgeries are major as far as I’m concerned.”

Brady added that he truly appreciates the game and his health.

“You count your blessings when you come off the field,” he said. “I think you have a new appreciation when you do come off the field, win or lose. You're trying to win every time out, obviously, but I think you also pinch yourself every time you walk off the field healthy.”