In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII, the condition of Tom Brady's hand was the first and last question being asked to the New England Patriots as they continued to purposely hide the injury to give their opponents any firepower on where to hit.
"You're a (expletive) animal, just so you know that", Brady said after checking in on the tight end's well-being. And they commit a lot to me.
The New England Patriots player spoke with Good Morning America's Michael Strahan on Monday about being a father of three, a devoted husband to Gisele Bundchen and one of the most acclaimed quarterbacks in the NFL.
Brady unveiled the picture of his thumb during the final episode of his Facebook documentary, "Tom vs".
"It was a great experience because I got to share a lot of things fans don't get to always see", Brady said. "That's part of being in a very competitive sport", he added. My oldest son lives here in NY, three kids, and you're just always trying to juggle and you want to be there for them, and you want to be there for the hockey games and the soccer games. I think every season is a little bit different. Retirement sits on the horizon, but when he begins to drift poetic about football, Brady doesn't sound like a guy about to wander away from the gridiron. I am proud of our efforts throughout the year. "I know you're going to cheer so loud".
Brady also talks about the rigors of recovering from the season to get ready for the next one - and hints at the "conviction" that he'll need to have in order to continue committing to football as much as he has.
"It's been such a great love for me". I love working with people I love to work with. So that part's really hard to give up, especially when I feel like I can do it, and I look around the league and I see these other quarterbacks, and I'm thinking man, I can do what they do. "I also realize I'm a lot closer to the end than the beginning, and you don't know when you're going to get opportunities again".
"These last two years have been very challenging for him in so many ways, and he tells me, 'I love it so much and I just want to go to work and feel appreciated and have fun, '" Bundchen said. "Sometimes it gets out of balance and you've got to figure out how to bring it back to a point where it feels great for everybody involved". Tom Brady will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night.