The Patriots won the Super Bowl in three of their first four years with Tom Brady as their starting quarterback. But it’s now been a decade since their last championship.
Reflecting on that, Brady says he wishes he had realized at the time just how spectacular that run early in his career was.
“I think when you’re young, there is no perspective,” Brady said. “Now that I have a little perspective on it, yeah, it’s hard to do. To do what we accomplished in a short period of time was amazing.”
Since that third Super Bowl title, the Patriots have lost the Super Bowl twice, lost the AFC Championship Game three times, lost in the divisional round of the playoffs twice and lost in the wild card round once. That’s an impressive run, too — most teams would love to get to the playoffs that consistently — and Brady said he now appreciates how special it is just to get that far.
“We’ve come up short a few times in some big ones, but we’re lucky to be in those games, too,” he said.
This year the Patriots are favored at least to get to the Super Bowl, and plenty of people are picking them to win it. But as Brady has learned over the last decade, that won’t be easy.