Brady regrets saying he 'sucked'

February, 1, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Wednesday that he regretted telling a national-television audience that he "sucked" following the team's AFC Championship game.

Brady was widely quoted in the CBS interview as part of the team's post-game celebration, and owner Robert Kraft later said the quarterback promised him that he'd play better in Super Bowl XLVI.

Looking back, Brady lamented not choosing his words more carefully.

"I wish I didn't say it because I didn't want to take away from what the team had accomplished, and certainly we had accomplished a lot to get to this point in this season, to beat a very good team in the AFC Championship, to fight back like we did. We were down in that game. I think we proved how we're a pretty mentally tough team," Brady said Wednesday.

A perfectionist, Brady had been upset at himself for the two interceptions in the game.

"I feel like when you play a particular game like I did a couple weeks ago, quarterbacks never try to turn the ball over. If there is one thing that correlates more to winning games, it's turnovers. To turn the ball over two times like I did, I didn't feel like it was my best performance," he said.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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