Tom Brady Sr. is amazed at his son’s long-lasting success

"I’m shocked that he’s even playing today."

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Tom Brady hugs his father Tom Brady Sr. on the first hole of the Poppy Hills course at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament in 2006. –AP Photo/Ben Margot

Even Tom Brady’s own father can’t believe the longevity of the current Patriots’ dynasty.

Though he’s always had the utmost confidence in his son, Tom Brady Sr. admitted that he didn’t expect the New England reign to last as long as it has.

“It’s beyond anything that anybody could ever imagine,” Brady Sr. told Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated. “Because this is something nobody could ever imagine in our wildest dreams. It’s not even something that you think about because it’s so bizarre. And yet, it still keeps happening. And in the middle of this year, coming out of Tennessee, many of us kind of thought that the Patriots were stumbling and bumbling and not destined for greatness.”

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But it seems that again and again, Tom Brady Jr., at age 41, continues to prove his doubters wrong — even his dad — as Feb. 3 will represent his ninth Super Bowl appearance in 16 full seasons for the New England Patriots. And apparently, he’s not close to done.

“I’m shocked that he’s even playing today. But he says he wants three or four or five more years.”

What keeps the Patriots quarterback going? Brady Sr. attributes his son’s year-to-year success to his appreciation of all aspects involved in the sport, from offseason work to developing relationships with his teammates.

“He loves every part of the process to play in a game like this,” Brady Sr. said. “He loves the practice. He loves the camaraderie. He loves the team-building. He loves the offseason. He even loves his diet. He loves taking care of his body. The entire process is something he would partake of until he was 65 or 70 or 75 if he had the ability to do that.”

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