Tom Brady recently talked to SI.com’s Peter King about losing TE Aaron Hernandez due to pending homicide charges, here’s what Brady said:
‘I’ve seen a lot of things over 13 years, and what I have learned is that mental toughness and putting aside personal agendas for what’s in the best interest of the team matters most. My job is to play quarterback, and I’m going to do that the best way I know how, because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me. I have moved on. I’m focusing on the great teammates I have who are committed to helping us win games.’
Tom Brady’s professionalism speaks loudly here. He reminds us that football is a team game and that one piece does not complete the puzzle as is the case with other sports. When Brady mentions mental toughness as what matters most, I believe that he is speaking directly to Aaron Hernandez. Participating in football hands you a toolbox of positive characteristics, if you choose to push them aside it’s your own fault.
Brady has always been the team first quarterback. He’s known for saying, my favorite receiver is an open receiver. In 2006 he lost his two top receivers from the year prior, Deion Branch and David Givens. Replacing these two wide outs were Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney, not exactly any star power there. But it didn’t matter, Brady still successfully operated his offense and the Patriots still won their division by posting a 12-4 record.
It’s not surprising that Brady has already ‘moved on’ from his former tight end, in football you learn to be resilient amongst adversity. It’s a trait found in the toolbox of positive characteristics.