Brady's father accepts son's bumps and bruises

By Lenny Megliola
Globe Correspondent / September 16, 2010

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There have been three signature moments when the parents of Tom Brady didn’t think football was fun.

When Brady was at Michigan, he was viciously sacked by a Wisconsin lineman.

“He was body-slammed to the ground,’’ said Tom Brady Sr., who was in the stands with his wife, Galynn, for that game. Both turned their heads at the hit. They rushed to the locker room, where their son was trying to clear the cobwebs.

“Until then, football had been fun for us,’’ said Brady Sr., in a phone conversation yesterday from his office in San Mateo, Calif.

When Brady was injured in the 2008 season opener against Kansas City, Brady Sr., from a Gillette Stadium box, instinctively knew it was serious.

“He usually gets right up,’’ said Brady Sr. “In this case, he didn’t. We were advised very quickly that he wasn’t in very good shape.’’

Brady required knee surgery and missed the rest of the season.

Last Thursday, Brady Sr. was flying in for the Patriots’ opener on a red-eye from California when he turned on his BlackBerry and learned that “Tom had been in an accident and they were bringing in the Jaws of Life. My emotions were going crazy.’’

He thought, “I’m 2,000 feet in the air, I can’t protect my kid now.’’

Brady Sr. tried to make sense of all the messages and e-mails he was getting, but only when he landed in Boston did the safety of his son become clear.

“He called and said, ‘Dad, I’m OK,’ ’’ said Brady Sr.

Brady Sr. once said it’ll be a happy day when his son retires, but that won’t be soon, now that his son has a new four-year contract.

“I believe in his heart and mind that he wants to play 10 more years, which would take him into his 40s,’’ said Brady Sr.

“He doesn’t want to go anywhere else. He wants to play for Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft. But it’s got to be a two-way street. One hit and you’re out of this league. They’ve got to want you. It’s not just the money, although it’s humongous. Tom just wants to stay in one place.

“He was very fortunate to get the contract.’’

Regarding Randy Moss and his ballyhooed contract complaints, Brady Sr. said, “I don’t have the slightest problem with the way Randy feels. He’s the most prolific receiver Tom’s ever had. He has tremendous respect for Randy. It’s no different than what [Logan] Mankins feels or how Tom felt.’’

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