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Tom Brady Opens Up on Career, 6th Super Bowl, Fatherhood… and His Cold

CHANDLER, AZ — First things first: Let’s get the cold business out of the way.

Tom Brady sounded hoarse and still looks to be a little under the weather Thursday.

“Good. Good,” Brady said regarding how he is feeling this week health-wise after admitting he was fighting a cold Wednesday. “I feel pretty good. It felt good to run around yesterday at practice. Just good to be out on the field…”

“I think I’ve been through it plenty of times. You know, the winter months, like I said, it kind of ran through my house. I’m glad it happened early in the week. I feel a lot better. It was good to run around yesterday. I expect to be 100 percent on Sunday. I’ll be ready to go.”

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Brady — like every other Patriots player on Thursday — said he wasn’t awakened by a fire alarm in the team hotel that went off at approximately 4:40 a.m.

“If there has, I haven’t heard it,” Brady said. “I must be sleeping through it, so that’s good.”

It was the second time this week that a fire alarm went off at the expansive Sheraton resort in the middle of the night.

Looking at the big picture, Brady talked about what it means to be playing in his sixth Super Bowl.

“It’s amazing sitting here and thinking this is the sixth time I’ll be doing this,” he said. “It’s really a privilege. I’ve been very lucky over the years to play on great teams and sustain injuries — I had a type of injury in 2008 where I didn’t get to play – and since then I’ll never take these things for granted. You may lose, I come off the field and say, ‘At least I have a chance to go out and play the next week.’ It’s pretty special.

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“My teammates are really excited. We’ve had some really good practices, which is always a good thing going into these games. We really want to be as best as we possibly can be because the margin of error against the teams that you’re playing, and especially against the Seahawks, there is no real margin for error. We’re going to have to play our best.”

New England’s No. 12 spoke about how difficult it has been to maintain a high level of success over the course of his career.

“It’s pretty cool. I think just from my experience, when I was, 2001, 2003 and 2004, I was so young that I didn’t understand what this was all about and how challenging this is because everything happened so fast at such an early part of my career. I think over the years we’ve gotten some tough losses, and obviously we made it in ’07 and ’11, those were challenging games. They came down to the wire and we lost. I don’t think those things discouraged me at all. They just re-emphasized how hard and challenging it is to get to this point and how challenging it is to win this game. I have such an appreciation for it now. That’s why I’m hoping we can accomplish and finally finish it off with a great win on Sunday. It would mean an awful lot.”

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The Patriots QB also reflected on being a husband and a father now, and how that has changed his perspective on life and football.

“Quite a bit,” he said. “Becoming a father has changed my life dramatically. I’m sure for all the parents in here that’s what happens. Your life becomes very focused around your kids. For me, it’s been very much, with football stuff and obviously being with my family, a lot of things have been cut out over the years. I still have a lot of great friends. I just don’t get to spend a lot of time with them. It’s a lot of football and obviously I spend a lot of time doing that. My family understands that. There is only a certain amount of time when I’ll be able to do that going forward. When I’m done, hopefully I get to spend as much time as I can with them.”

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