Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are gearing up for Super Bowl 51 this weekend, but first, the quarterback took some time to answer a few questions during Super Bowl LI Opening Night Monday. One of the questions seemed to affect Brady more than others, however, nearly bringing him to tears.
Joseph Perez, who had won a "Kid Reporter" contest, asked the athlete to name his hero, with Brady becoming visibly emotional as he responded, ESPN shares.
"That's a great question. I think my dad is my hero, because he's someone I look up to every day," Brady said before pausing. He then looked down and adjusted the microphone as tears welled in his eyes, before addressing the 7-year-old and saying simply, "My dad."
Later in the press conference, Brady was asked about his father again, this time in relation to remarks Tom Brady Sr. made about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady's father had condemned Goodell's handling of 2015's "deflategate" scandal.
"Well, I'd say my dad represents his feelings, because he's a dad, and I'm a dad and ..." Brady said in answer to whether his father's feelings represented his own.
He then paused to collect himself and later said that he hoped his father would attend Sunday's game. He also reflected on his father's influence on him.
"He was just a great example for me, and he was always someone who supported me in everything I did, to come home at night and bring me out, hit me ground balls and fly balls. I loved baseball growing up," Brady said. "And to have a chance to go to 49er games on the weekend with him and my mom and throw the ball in the parking lot before the games; those are memories that I'll have forever."