Love him or hate him, it is undeniable New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a family man ahead of Super Bowl LI.
Brady, 39, explained why he was so emotional on Monday talking about his dad at Super Bowl Opening Night, saying his family has had a tough year.
"It's been a challenging year for my family, just for some personal reasons," Brady told reporters Tuesday leading into New England's showdown with the Atlanta Falcons in Houston on Sunday.
Brady - a four-time Super Bowl champion - did not explain what those personal reasons were, but acknowledged it had to do with his parents.
"My mom hasn't been to a game this season. My dad has been to one. That's very atypical," Brady said. "They're going to be here this weekend, that's what I'm excited about."
Brady, who has been named Super Bowl MVP on three occasions, choked up on Monday when a seven-year-old asked him who his hero was.
"That's a great question," Brady responded. "I think my dad is my hero, because he's someone I look up to every day."