New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady broke down in tears following his Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5. The game, which ended 34 to 28 after the Patriots came back from a 25-point deficit in the third quarter to tie the score, was the first Super Bowl to go into overtime.
Brady and head coach Bell Belichick have now officially won five Super Bowl rings, the most of any coach or player in National Football League (NFL) history. Brady also won the Super Bowl MVP honor for the fourth time, more than any other player, the Daily Mail reports.
His mother, Galynn Brady, who is undergoing treatment for an undisclosed illness and wore a bandanna over her head, attended the game and proudly greeted her son after the trophy hand-over.
The Super Bowl was the first game she was able to attend after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment during the whole football season, Patriots owner Bob Kraft said, an NESN reporter tweeted out.
“I spoke to him in the locker room before the game, and I said, ‘We gotta win this one for your mom,’ because I know how important his mom is,” said Kraft.
“She’s been going through chemotherapy and radiation, and this is the first game she’s been to. She came here, and I just saw her, and it was really cool.”
Brady had stated earlier in the week that he wanted to win this year’s Super Bowl for his mother.
Gaylynn said she was overwhelmed after seeing her son play, WBZ-TV reports, adding that she prayed throughout the game for her son’s team to win.
“It’s the best ever. It’s the best ever. And he’s… I’m speechless. I’m speechless,” said Tom Brady Sr. “It was so spectacular and so fun and so nerve-racking and so awesome.”
Tom Sr. credited his wife for his son’s composure throughout the game.
At a press conference that took place days before the Super Bowl, Brady got emotional when he cited his father as his hero in response to a reporter’s question.
Brady was on a high when he described the game to reporters right after his team’s big win.
“Then we got the turnover… did we get the turnover?” said Brady when he was interviewed by reporters. “There was a lot of s**t that happened tonight… and I got hit pretty hard.”
“We all brought each other back. We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle,” he added. “They have a great team, I give them a lot of credit. We just made a few more plays than them.”
He posted a picture of the Brady family on the field after the crowd left the stadium, and wrote: “It takes a team. And so much love #NeverStopBelieving.”
Following the game, the star athlete repeatedly embraced model wife Gisele Bundchen and hugged their two kids, Benjamin, 7 and Vivian, 4, as Gaylynn stood nearby, Us Weekly reports.
“It’s personal with my family,” he said. “I’m just hoping everyone is here on Sunday to share a great experience. It has been a tough year. Every family goes through different things. My family has always been a great support system for me.”
Sources: Daily Mail, Doug Kyed/Twitter for NESN, Us Weekly, CBWBZ-TV / Photo credit: Tom Brady/Instagram via People