For most, the lasting memory of Super Bowl LI is the Patriots’ improbable comeback. For the orchestrator of that comeback, Tom Brady, his most important memory is being able to share the win with his mom, Galynn, who’d been through five months of treatment for Stage 2 breast cancer.
As Brady pointed out the morning after the game, when he received the Super Bowl MVP trophy, she’d been through something much harder.
In an NFL Network piece that aired Sunday, Galynn and her husband of 48 years, Tom Brady Sr., recall how their son used FaceTime to keep in regular contact through her chemotherapy, and how important it was for her to make it to Houston for the Super Bowl.
“There’s a special bond between a mother and a son,” Galynn says in the piece. “I just wanted to be there for Tommy, and I wanted to be there with our family. Everybody was going to the Super Bowl and I didn’t want to miss that.”
Galynn also shares that, though her type of cancer carries a high risk of returning, her last screen came back clear.
Galynn and Tom Sr. were on the field prior to Sunday night’s game to be honored as part of the NFL’s Crucial Catch cancer awareness initiative. The Patriots also hosted a group of cancer survivors to the game as part of the initiative.
“It was great for them to be here and be in attendance and for us to win while they’re here in attendance, too,” Brady said in his postgame press conference. “It’s been a while since that happened. But, that was very special for me.
“I heard they got on the field pregame. [I am] just happy for my mom. I mean, what’s she’s been through is pretty challenging and challenging for my dad, challenging for all the people out there that are battling with cancer and other diseases. You can’t take anything for granted, so I love the time I get with her.”