Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a chance to reminisce about his California childhood with his hometown media on a conference call Wednesday.
Brady said he’s been asked “more than ever” to arrange tickets for friends and family to see him play in the Bay Area for the first time in his career. Levi’s Stadium, where the 49ers now play, is one of four active NFL stadiums Brady has not played in.
“Last time we had the chance in 2008, I had everything arranged and set up before the season for my family and friends, and then I got hurt,” Brady said. “So it is [shocking], it is. It will be a lot of fun. I’ve got a lot of people coming to the game and it will just be a great environment.”
Brady grew up rooting for Joe Montana and Steve Young, but he’s not sure if there are any 49er fans left in his family.
“I don’t know. We don’t talk about the 49ers anymore. That was all we used to ever talk about,” he said.
Brady saw some big moments in Candlestick Park as a kid, including “The Catch.”
“I think 4 years old and my parents brought me. I cried — I wanted one of those foam fingers and I cried the entire first half,” Brady said. “Finally, my dad bought me one to shut me up for the second half. I think I have a picture of it. It was just a great — I remember we were on the opposite side of the stadium, and I started crying when everyone jumped up and screamed at the end when Dwight [Clark] made the catch. I still have those memories.”
Brady was also asked about some current news, namely his new Foot Locker commercial in which he pokes fun at the Deflategate scandal. Brady said he wasn’t quite sure why he signed up for it.
“I don’t know exactly what was going through my mind when I made the decision,” he said.
“I’ve had a lot of different opportunities over the years and some I’ve chosen to do, and some I haven’t. I’ve been in a very fortunate position to be able to choose the things that I do. I had a lot of free time on my hands at the beginning of the year, so I had to find ways to fill it.”
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