New England quarterback Tom Brady led the Patriots to a fourth Super Bowl title on Sunday, earning his third Super bowl MVP award and setting records for most completions in the Super Bowl and most career Super Bowl touchdowns along the way.
Speaking in a post game press conference, Brady discounted the idea that this season's championship would mark the end of his career.
"I've got a lot of football left," Brady said, according to Pro Football Talk. "It's hard to play this game and it takes a big commitment, a lot of sacrifice. For all the players that have played in the past and I've looked up to and admired and lot of the players now who I look up to admire – it's a big challenge and it's incredible to experience this feeling once and I’ve been fortunate to play on four really great teams, so I’m really blessed.”
Brady passed 50 times, setting a Super Bowl record with his 37 completions. He threw for 328 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, helping the team to its 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
His third Super Bowl MVP award and his fourth Super Bowl championship set him even with Joe Montana. His totals of 13 touchdowns, 1,605 yards and 164 completions are all records for the Super Bowl, as well.
Brady also demurred when asked about his legacy, declining to say where he ranked among quarterbacks in league history.
"I never put myself in those discussions. That's not how I think," said Brady. "There's so many great players that have been on so many great teams and we've had some great teams that haven't won it."
Brady was selected with the 199th pick in the 2000 draft, and has spent all of his fifteen years in the league in New England.
The 37-year-old has won two league MVP awards and been named to the Pro Bowl 10 times. He has a career 63.5 completion percentage, throwing for 53,258 yards and 392 touchdowns during the regular season.
- Christopher Woody