We’re used to seeing Tom Brady's fire, but it’s always in the context of a football game. Off the field when addressing reporters, Brady rarely shows any emotion.
That’s why this clip of Brady addressing the University of Michigan football team stands out so much. Visiting his alma mater in Ann Arbor on Thursday morning before a Patriots preseason game later in Detroit, Brady delivered a passionate pep talk that must have given the Wolverines goosebumps and want to run through walls for each other.
Brady at one point says his greatest honor as a football player was being named captain in his fourth and fifth years at Michigan. Keep in mind that Brady owns three Super Bowl rings, two Super Bowl MVPs and two NFL MVPs.
Here is an excerpt from Brady’s comments to an attentive Michigan football team:
“I didn’t have an easy experience [at Michigan], I didn’t come in as a top-rated recruit. I didn’t come in with the opportunity to play right away, I had to earn it.
“And do you know what the greatest honor I’ve ever received as a player is? In my fourth year and my fifth year I was named team captain. That to this day is the single greatest achievement I’ve ever had as a football player. Because the men in this room chose me to lead their team.
“And these were my best friends. These were the guys that knew that I liked to work, that knew that I love football, that knew that I love to play, that knew that I wanted to be the quarterback for Michigan. And all the lessons that I learned here on State Street and in the Big House, that’s still what I bring to practice today. And after 14 years I love the game more than I’ve ever loved it.
“But where did I learn the love for the game? Where did I learn to practice? Where did it learn to compete? It was sitting in the same chairs that you guys are sitting in today.”
You can watch the entire clip HERE. Brady’s comments start at the 2-minute mark.