An emotional Tom Brady tells a young boy about his ‘hero’ at the Super Bowl’s opening night

New England Patriots' Tom Brady answers questions during opening night for the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game at Minute Maid Park Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Patriots' Tom Brady answers questions Monday during Super Bowl 51's opening night at Minute Maid Park in Houston. –Charlie Riedel / AP

The Super Bowl’s opening media event has a reputation for being a bit of a circus.

But when a young boy asked Tom Brady who his hero is, the Patriots quarterback showed genuine emotion, beginning to answer before pausing to collect himself.

“Who’s my hero? That’s a great question,” Brady said. “Well, I think my dad is my hero because he’s someone that I look up to every day, and a… my dad.”

Brady’s dad, Tom Brady Sr., made headlines over the weekend, defending his son and referring to the Deflategate saga as a “witch hunt.”

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Brady joked Monday on WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan show that he had banned his father from talking to the media. On Monday night, he also showed emotion when he was asked if his dad speaks for him.