Tom Brady has spoken movingly about his mother several times in the runup to the Super Bowl, and he did so again Monday morning after he accepted the MVP trophy from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Brady’s mother, has been battling health issues recently, was on hand Sunday to see her son lead his teammates to an unlikely and historic 34-28 win against the Atlanta Falcons.

But in Brady’s mind, it’s his mother who is deserving of recognition.

“She’s been through a lot, you know, way harder than what I went through last night,” Brady said during the press conference. “I’m just happy last night to be able to celebrate with her. And she hadn’t been to a game all year, so what a hell of a game for her to be at.”


The quarterback also spoke highly of his father, who he called a hero last week while giving interviews during the Super Bowl opening night.

“My dad’s been there every step of the way,” he said, describing the support his mother has had.

Brady’s mother, Galynn, told WBZ after last night’s win that she was “overwhelmed.”

“I was just praying. All I did was pray the whole game,” she said.

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