At the midpoint of the Patriots’ 2016-2017 season, Tom Brady had a good feeling about two things: his team’s chances to win the Super Bowl and his mom’s health.
In an interview with Andrea Kremer for NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay Morning,” Brady’s parents, Galynn and Tom Sr., shed light on their emotional year that was defined by Galynn’s triumphant breast cancer battle and Tom’s fifth Super Bowl ring.
The couple — who had previously been regulars at Gillette Stadium — were only able to attend one regular-season game last year, but Tom was confident that they would be present for the most important one of them all.
“He knew our frustration of not being able to be back there with him,” Tom Sr. told Kremer. “And he said, ‘You’ll be ready for the Super Bowl.’ He told us that in the middle of the season.”
Tom’s logic was not overly optimistic by any means. The Patriots were 7-1 entering Week 10, and the Brady family had “charted out that the end of [Galynn’s] five months was going to be two weeks before the Super Bowl.”
“I just wanted to be there for Tommy,” the mother of four said. “I wanted to be with our family. Everybody was going to the Super Bowl, and I didn’t want to miss that.”
Galynn was ultimately able to attend the Patriots’ thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Falcons. And as Tom put it in a postgame interview: “She hadn’t been to a game all year, so what a hell of a game for her to be at.”
“I think there’s a special bond between a mother and a son,” Galynn told Kremer, as she clutched her husband’s hand during their “NFL GameDay Morning” conversation.
The couple shared that Tom was nothing but supportive and understanding throughout his mother’s treatments, which concluded in April.
“He wanted to know what was happening,” Tom Sr. said. “He was in touch with us on an extraordinarily regular basis.”
Tom Sr. and Galynn’s full interview will air on NFL Network on Sunday, October 22 at 7 a.m. EST.