Kraft gives Tom Brady’s mother a Super Bowl ring

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady excelled in 2016 while processing concern and worry for his mother, Galynn, who has been battling cancer. He drew motivation from her fight throughout the season, which culminated in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, and arguably the greatest comeback in NFL history.

In recognition of her struggles and the impact it had on her son last year, Patriots owner Robert Kraft has given Galynn Brady a Super Bowl ring.

“He’s been so supportive of my family and certainly everything my mom went through and knowing first-hand how families deal with it,” Brady said Friday, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “He was always asking, ‘How’s mom doing? How is she feeling?’ We didn’t know up until the very end whether she was going to make it to the Super Bowl. She was a big inspiration for me, and [Kraft] knew it. It was a great surprise to all of us when the ring showed up. She deserves it.”

The move underscores the bond between Brady and Kraft, who has spoken repeatedly of viewing Brady as a son. It’s a dynamic that needs to be remembered as Brady gets closer to the end of the career, and as coach Bill Belichick closes in on deciding whether Brady should be nudged before he chooses to walk away.

Although it’s presumed that Belichick will always make roster moves without regard to who the player is or what the player previously has done, it’s not a hard and fast rule. Receiver Troy Brown, for example, is a player who arguably was kept around longer than his skills would have justified.

Of course, it’s a lot harder to do that with a quarterback. If Brady stays past the point at which he is performing at a high level, and if he disagrees with an assessment from Belichick that it’s time for him to call it a career, it may come down to whether Kraft will exercise ownership privilege to keep Brady on the team and/or on the field.

For Kraft, it may come down to what the fans want and expect. Many Patriots fans were angry two years ago with the perception that Kraft didn’t do enough to fight the league’s efforts to suspend Brady on trumped-up football deflation charges. Before cutting the cord on Brady, it’s important to at least consider how Patriots fans will respond, and whether they’d rather follow and support a team led by a guy who isn’t what he once was instead of a team led by a guy with no track record of success or achievement.

29 responses to “Kraft gives Tom Brady’s mother a Super Bowl ring

  1. Brady has some amazing women in his life. Good for him.
    Tell mom its NP if she sits out another season. I heard the hotels and food are great in minnesota. Also the Cool air can be theraputic.

    See you in Minneapolis.

  2. .
    ” If Brady stays past the point at which he is performing at a high level, and if he disagrees with an assessment from Belichick that it’s time for him to call it a career, it may come down to whether Kraft will exercise ownership privilege to keep Brady on the team and/or on the field.”

    It’s an interesting scenario, however it’s very unlikely to occur. When Brady says he wants to play until he’s 50, he puts a stop to all the Favre-like, will he or won’t he lines of questioning.

    We all know that Brady is his own worst critic. He’s not going to go out with a few mediocre years wearing a Bengals uniform.
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  3. I’m not a Patriots fan but I admire their organization, especially Belichick and Brady. IMO, the haters are simply envious. Envious of those in life who are successes, especially when their teams aren’t, and they themselves are unsuccessful people.

  4. The Patriots…..A true TEAM…..A FAMILY amongst organizations full of individual players….

  5. I’m from Buffalo, total Bills fan and I hate the Pats.
    I also think the Pats as an organization represents something of what we all aspire to be. Pure class, unselfishness and it comes straight from ownership.
    Too bad it all came together in Baaaston instead of Buffalo, a much more deserving fan base, and simply a nicer and more loyal social trait.

  6. Not impressed at all. What is a ring going to do for her? Tacky gift from an owner who has overseen a team that wins at all costs and doesn’t often play by the rules doing it.

  7. I hate the Patriots. I hate Tom Brady. I hate Bill Belichick. I hate Robert Kraft. I hate everything about them because they’re not my team, not my QB, not my coach, and not my owner. And like everyone who’s not a Patriots fan, I wish they were mine. This is of course a very classy move – as expected. And I hate that.

  8. I think the silliest story all off-season is this notion Brady is on the cusp of being pushed aside. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

  9. Too bad it all came together in Baaaston instead of Buffalo, a much more deserving fan base, and simply a nicer and more loyal social trait.
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    Maybe it would have if you kept Flutie 🙂

    Rob Johnson… lol

    🙂

  10. The thumbs down and silly hater comments in these Patriot related comment sections should make Patriots fans appreciate what they have.

    While Patriot fans are relishing last seasons Superbowl win and looking forward to a legitimate chance for another title this season….

    Desperate anit-Patriot haters are often seen displaying their perpetual anguish over the Patriots past and pending success. And now Patriots haters have reached a new low (even for them) and Patriot haters are now seen resorting to finding articles about a kind gesture made to a cancer victim to use as an outlet to display the negative and bitter dread that that must be languishing inside Patriot haters heads.

    We are all lucky to be Patriot fans so that we don’t have to be like them.

  11. laserw says:
    August 6, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Not impressed at all. What is a ring going to do for her? Tacky gift from an owner who has overseen a team that wins at all costs and doesn’t often play by the rules doing it.
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    “what is a ring going to do for her”? Seriously? It is called a memento, which is defined as a “an object kept as a reminder or souvenir of a person or event”. How is it tacky? 63 players, counting the practice squad, coaches, trainers, other support personnel, secretaries etc. of 32 teams in the NFL try to be the ones to finish first at the end of a long season to earn a this “tacky” item.
    Get a life

  12. When Michael Jordan quit basketball, I stopped watching. He was the reason I loved the game. I watch football because of Tom Brady. He lights the whole thing up for me. Then again, someone might rise out of the ashes of his departure. Where there’s life there’s hope. I’ve lived long enough to know that jealousy and envy are two under-rated forces in this world. They bring out the very worst in people. I thank god every day that my life is not ruined by these nasty states of mind. I love excellence. It inspires me and makes me perform at a level I might not achieve and it comes to me by example. The Patriots organization has this and greatness gravitates to them. We would all be much better off if we emulated those among us who bring the finer qualities to life instead of seeking to tear down those who have such a positive impact on our world. I am so grateful to feel as I do and really sorry for those who just don’t have the capacity to express this.

  13. Why would a SB ring be valuable to a non team member? other than re-selling it. Incredible would be to gift her a foundation with $50m in it.

  14. laserw says:
    August 6, 2017 at 10:43 am
    Not impressed at all. What is a ring going to do for her? Tacky gift from an owner who has overseen a team that wins at all costs and doesn’t often play by the rules doing it.
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    You’re just bummed because you didn’t get one. I’m not impressed by this comment. Tacky comment!

  15. jsm11 says:
    August 6, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Why would a SB ring be valuable to a non team member? other than re-selling it. Incredible would be to gift her a foundation with $50m in it.
    ____________________________
    I can guarantee I know the political party this guy supports. People that like to dictate to others how they should spend their money and are full of hate and envy tend to vote one way and it isn’t to make everyone around them great. Sad.

  16. I think Brady will know long before the fans when it’s time to hang it up. If I were him, I would have retired after that fantastic Super Bowl comeback, but I’m not him. As long as his playing abilities remain where they were last year, why push him out?

  17. laserw says:
    August 6, 2017 at 10:43 am
    Not impressed at all. What is a ring going to do for her?
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    Clearly you are not a parent of a child who has had any significant athletic accomplishments in their life. I can tell you first hand that receiving a trophy or memento commemorating your child’s accomplishment is more valuable than any of your own accomplishments, or any other possessions for that matter.

    What’s not impressive is your own lack of human compassion or understanding.

  18. Not impressed at all. What is a ring going to do for her? Tacky gift from an owner who has overseen a team that wins at all costs and doesn’t often play by the rules doing it.

    Wow!
    What a narrow minded, sad an pathetic world you live in @laserw.
    1. It’s family
    2. She’ d been battling a tougher opponent than any NFL game played all season.
    3 it’s a beautiful thing that her son and the Patriots were inspired by her courage, strength and fight for her life, that they would recognize and honor that battle with a ring!
    4.
    It’s not the ring that you should take away from this story, it’s the fact that the classy organization wanted his mom to know that her winning her battle all season was much harder than any of theirs.
    5. It’s all about love and respect and family (see #1) see we’ve come full circle

    Hope you don’t ever have to face your mom going through this.
    #33yrsmissnluvumom

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