In a Secret Montana Cabin, Tom Brady Says He Feels No Pain
You can debate the merits of Tom Brady’s persnickety, nightshade-free diet or the credentials of his personal trainer Alex Guerrero. But despite the Atlanta Falcons’ five sacks in Super Bowl LI, TB12 claims he’s feeling fresh as a daisy.
“I have zero pain,” Brady told Sports Illustrated‘s Peter King. “I feel great. I feel 100 percent.”
The two men met at Brady’s cabin situated in an unidentified location somewhere in Montana, which the Super Bowl MVP asked King not to publish for privacy’s sake. Since hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for the fifth time, Brady has enjoyed prime skiing conditions out in Big Sky country.
“I don’t really think that is necessarily the case,” he said when asked if he thought Super Bowl LI was one of the greatest games he ever played. “I think it was one of the greatest games I have ever played in, but when I think of an interception return for a touchdown, some other missed opportunities in the first 37, 38 minutes of the game, I don’t really consider playing a good quarter-and-a-half plus overtime as one of the ‘best games ever.’”
“But it was certainly one of the most thrilling for me, just because so much was on the line, and it ended up being an incredible game. There are so many things that played into that game—a high-scoring offense, a top-ranked defense, the long Super Bowl, four-and-a-half-hour game, the way that the game unfolded in the first half versus what happened in the second half,” Brady said, “so it was just a great game.”
Brady took King step-by-step through the Patriots’ improbable comeback, even comparing his fourth-quarter completion to Chris Hogan “such a Peyton Manning-type throw.”
“I watched him for so many years make those throws. I used to be in amazement,” Brady said. “Marvin [Harrison] and Reggie [Wayne], they’d cut their route off, turn around, ball was in the air, in stride, 15-, 18-yard gain. How the heck did they do that? There’s so much trust from the quarterback to the receiver. The DB can’t get to the ball faster than the receiver can. You got to believe your receiver is going to get to the ball faster than their guy. That’s what that play came down to.”
You can read Brady’s full overview of the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history here.