‘I Tried to Remain Poised’: Tom Brady on Learning His Mother Had Cancer During 2016 Season

Published 12/30/2021, 8:12 AM EST
ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 03: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots hugs his mother Galynn after the Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 during Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


As much as the year 2016 brought joy and honor to the New England Patriots as they won the Super Bowl LI, it was as much horror to the quarterback Tom Brady. That was the year when the quarterback’s mother, Galynn Brady, was diagnosed with breast cancer and myeloma. Over that, the 44-year-old was already dealing with the criticism of Deflategate. He sums it all up as a bad phase for him.

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Winning the Super Bowl that year was not just another title for him. It became a life lesson of resilience and suffering. He sums it all up in his latest episode of ‘Man in the Arena’ docuseries. In the seventh installment of the series, Brady is joined by his three sisters. They walk the audience through all difficulties faced by the quarterback.

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One of them being the diagnosis of his mother. During the episode, Maureen Brady, the eldest sister of Tom, got emotional recalling those days. “That was a hard year,” she said. “That was a really hard year. We had a lot going on with my mom and Tommy.”

Tom Brady on learning about his mother’s diagnosis

As far as Brady was concerned it was definitely a test for him facing harsh comments due to the Deflategate scandal and going through a fear of losing his mother. He really conquered his way through the season and excelled both as a player and as a son.

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“I tried to remain poised and say, ‘Don’t worry, mom, we’re going to get through it,'” said Brady. “And then I automatically — maybe it’s a little bit of a toughening up that I’ve had, but maybe I’m not the most empathetic or sympathetic — I’m trying to solve it.”

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“I’m saying, ‘Mom, come on, this is what we’ve got to do, we’ve got to send you to this person, or this person,'” Brady continued. “We’re going to fix this.”

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Although out of all the adversity faced by Tom Brady, he stood out, and he did it big. Brady showed the world why he is called the greatest in NFL history. Since he took the Patriots for a Super Bowl run that season against the Atlanta Falcons. But that matchup was no ordinary either. The Patriots pulled off a 28-3 comeback in the finals and made Brady the most competitive quarterback in the NFL.

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in English and Economics from Lucknow University, Sauvik combined his love for NFL and passion for writing to work for team ES. Sauvik has functioned as a content marketing intern at Kyari Innovations and had a brief stint with Knocksense Lucknow.

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