Whenever I see Michael Jordan I'm still blown away because he was such a hero of mine growing up.
Certainly I accept my role and responsibility as a public figure and a lot of it you take the good with the bad, dealing with different adversities in life, you just try to do the best you can do.
I don't care about three years ago -- I don't care about two years ago. I don't care about last year. The only thing I care about is this week.
We all have experiences in our lives that change us, and we all learn from people, like my dad, but at the end of the day, it's only us. And we're only responsible to make ourselves happy.
I think sometimes in life the biggest challenges end up being the best things that happen in your life.
A lot of times I find that people who are blessed with the most talent don't ever develop that attitude, and the ones who aren't blessed in that way are the most competitive and have the biggest heart.
So many guys are so conservative with their hair, and I always joke with all my buddies when they mess with me, and I'll say, 'That's right, keep the same haircut for ten years.' How fun is that?
When you hang with a bunch of 300-pound linemen, you tend to find the places that are the greasiest and serve the most food.
When the NBA adopted their uniform that they had to wear, I thought that was very interesting. And you see the way NBA players dress: It's very cool.
I think there are things that are based in your own dealings with someone that is a personal dealing, not a public dealing. Because you have personal experiences.
This is really a dream come true. To be the starting quarterback in the Super Bowl is probably the highlight of my life.
Life is not living in the suburbs with a white picket fence. That's not life. Somehow our American culture has made it out that that's what life needs to be -- and that if it's not that, it's all screwed up. It's not.
Fortunately for a quarterback, you can play for a long time because you don't get hit very often.
Matt Damon is a great actor, and he's from Boston, so we've got a few things in common. I've seen him throw a football, though. He definitely needs to work on that.
I don't think a lot of people know personally who I am.
Everyone is different. Everyone has different teams they've played on, coaches they've played for.
It's an offseason. These days are valuable for everybody.
There's nothing more comfortable or leisurely than having a pair of Ugg slippers on in the house.
I think the great part about what I do is that there's a scoreboard. At the end of every week, you know how you did. You know how well you prepared. You know whether you executed your game plan. There's a tangible score.
Nothing surprises me anymore in the NFL.
There have been so many great players that I've played with, that I've played against over the years.
I've had just about everything punched. I've had things grabbed that just shouldn't be grapped.
WIth football you can have up to 28 guys you consider starters, and if they can pick up the slack when some aren't playing so well, you don't have to turn those two game losing streaks into six-game losing streaks.
It's easy when you have receivers that are open all the time and an offensive line that never lets anyone touch you. It makes it fun to play.
When you have two busy kids running around the house, returning e-mails is a task, let alone surfing the web.
You put all the other stuff aside and go out and do your job, and mine is to be the best I can be for my teammates.
I like to have fun all the time, even if I'm working.
Everyone does things differently on offense. Everyone's goal is to score points.
I'd be so bored if I wasn't going out there, knowing that I could still do it. So, I'm going to work hard to be ready to go, and I still plan on playing for a long time.
Is it going to make me feel any better to make an extra million? That million might be more important to the team.
I like playing. I wouldn't be a good coach. I don't have the patience to be a coach.
I'm an emotional person. Sometimes I can't help it.
There's a lot of people who don't like Tom Brady and I'm OK with that.
The biggest issue is muscle pliability. That's what I think the biggest secret to me is. What is muscle pliability? Muscle pliability is keeping your muscles long and soft.
I don't think the ebbs and flows -- get in great shape and then get out of shape and then see if you can get back into shape -- is a good thing. So I prefer to keep my arm always ready to go.
On the field, you come into sync with your teammates and coaches and together you achieve something that you could never do on your own.
Coaching wouldn't be for me. No, certainly not.
I see so many guys, really athletic guys, wearing pleats and I just shake my head. Like, Tiger Woods used to wear pleated pants! I'm like, 'C'mon, Tiger!'
I love playing football. I love playing for the Patriots.
I've had a lot of ridiculous haircuts.
I'm a pretty casual dresser. At home, it's probably whatever is functional to relax in, whether it's a pair of sweats or a pair of jeans.
I could talk food all day. I love good food.
I think I've been fortunate over the years to be at a point in my career where I really get to choose the partnerships that I really want to take on and they're a perfect fit.
Maybe some people can wake up and play PlayStation all day, but that's never been me.
Because my career is so important, I think I make a lot of -- I wouldn't call them sacrifices, but just concessions for my job. I love what I do, and I want to do it for a long time.
You never get over losses. I've never gotten over one loss I've had in my career. They always stick with me.
I think style is being so comfortable and confident in what you're wearing. That's what style is, 'cause everybody's got different style.
My wife doesn't let anyone wear shoes in our house, so we have a bench, and under the bench is all UGGs slippers.
I like Tom Ford a lot because it's so classic and has great quality. I wear a lot of Rag and Bone.
Every man should know, if you're comfortable and you like it, you should do it. Everyone always worries about what the girls think, what the guys think. If you like it, do it.
If someone lies, well, you had a choice to trust that person or not. I think the way my father raised me, well, he trusted everybody. And that worked for him.
I just love working hard. I love being part of a team; I love working toward a common goal.
Derek Jeter is one who played for such a long time, and David Ortiz in Boston is doing it right now.
The last person I have ever criticized is an official. They have a tough job to do. Things are happening so quick.
I think that at the start of a game, you're always playing to win, and then maybe if you're ahead late in the game, you start playing not to lose. The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win.
Proper sleep has helped me get to where I am today as an athlete, and it is something that I continue to rely on every day.
You look at another team's style and how they do it, and you just want to understand how they're doing it and see if you can learn something and maybe implement it into what your team does.
I have hobbies. I like being active. I like to surf a lot, play a little bit of golf.
You can't go out and practice average on Wednesday, average on Thursday, okay on Friday and then expect to play well on Sunday.
I firmly believe that sleep and recovery are critical aspects of an effective and holistic training program.
I really love training and being in good shape, and it's so much a part of my life now, so it never really feels like work to me.
You go through high school and college the same way: never listening to your coaches because you're the best. But when you get to the pros, all that stops because everybody there has talent.
Believe me, I'm much easier to be around when we win than when we lose.
I'd love to give Malcolm the truck. We're going to figure out how to make that happen.
It's a representation of yourself, and you can express a lot of your creativity with what your wearing.
My job is to evaluate the field, pick the guy that I think is most open and make a good throw.
As for hobbies, I don't really read or watch TV.
As for hobbies, I don't really read or watch TV. I'm very active. I like surfing, skiing, riding bikes with my kids, and working out with my friends.
For people who may think they know, or have snippets of who I am, you can attack that person. That's part of being a public figure.
If you're a quarterback, you want everything on your shoulders. You want to be the one to make the decisions.
I don't put any thought into the footballs after I choose them. When you're out there playing in front of 70,000 people, like a home crowd, you don't think about it. You're just reacting to the game.
I like skiing and surfing with kids. They are the cutest little skiers out there, in their little outfits. I just want to eat 'em up!
You need to think outside the box. You need to think differently if you want to sustain what, for me, is my peak performance: the very best that I can achieve as an athlete every day.
Every quarterback can throw a ball; every running back can run; every receiver is fast; but that mental toughness that you talk about translates into competitiveness.
I feel like I've always played within the rules. I would never do anything to break the rules. I believe in fair play.
After the first day of practice, there's not one guy who's playing at 100 percent or who feels great. Sometimes, getting up in the morning and brushing your teeth is the hardest part of the day -- it just hurts.
There's not much time to unwind, but you know what, it's because I love what I do. I look forward to the season. I look forward to playing games. It doesn't ever feel like work.
I started wearing Ugg when I was, like, 13 or 14, in high school, and my mom got me a pair for Christmas one year.
You don't like to see your guys take the field without you because it makes you feel like, man, maybe they really don't need me out there, which is kind of humbling.
You're not going to see my sense of humor on the football field. That's not a place for me to joke around.
With football, you can have up to 28 guys you consider starters, and if they can pick up the slack when some aren't playing so well, you don't have to turn those two-game losing streaks into six-game losing streaks.
I think it's a feeling like I've got it all figured out. There's nothing that can shock me anymore. There's nothing I haven't anticipated; so at that point, there is a calmness.
I was the kid that was the 199th pick that never had the body for it. People didn't think I'd play one year in the NFL, and now I'm going on my 17th year.
I have a memory, and I can just eliminate mistakes when they come up because I've already made them.
When I'm out on the football field, I have so much confidence in what I'm doing.
As you get older, you have more responsibilities; you have more commitments, more events, kids, you're married now. You still have all the things that you've had, plus you just keep adding.
If you waste your time and energy on things that don't matter in the outcome of the game, then when you get to the game you're not going to give your teammates the best that you have to offer.
If you don't believe in yourself, why is anyone else going to believe in you.
The only thing I ever wanted to be was a professional football player.
All I do is work out, oh my God! Half my life is spent in a gym somewhere, sweating.