Tom Brady. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA (WBZ NewsRadio) — Tom Brady's preparing to play in his record ninth Super Bowl Sunday against the Rams.
"No one ever imagines these things," he told reporters in Atlanta this week. "When I was a kid, I hoped I was gonna be a professional athlete. I've been a professional athlete for a long time, so I couldn't've asked for anything better or different."
Brady won his first title against the Rams in the 2001 season, but what opened the door was the Jets' Mo Lewis sidelining then Pats starter Drew Bledsoe in the second game of the year.
"That was a tough situation, I mean, Drew was seriously hurt," Brady said. "That was a major, major injury. Thankfully Drew came back and he was able to regain everything, but I would say, you have an injury like that, you don't know if you're ever gonna play again. But Drew went back in the game after that hit. He was so tough. I learned a lot from him about toughness. He was a great role model for me to look up to when I first got in the NFL."
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WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman ( @AdamMKaufman ) reports