(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has made his first public comments since his former teammate, tight end Aaron Hernandez, was arrested and charged with murder.
“I’ve seen a lot of things over 13 years,” Brady told Sports Illustrated in an interview with Peter King, “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. The only thing I care about is winning. Nothing is going to ever get in the way of that goal. I’m just excited to report to camp and see what we can accomplish as a team. The fate of our season will be determined by the players in our locker room — nothing else,” he continued.
Brady threw for 4,827 yards, 34 touchdowns, and eight interceptions in 2012. New England was knocked out of the playoffs last season in the divisional round by the Ravens.
The last Super Bowl appearance for the Patriots came back in 2011. Under Brady they have won three Super Bowls, the last in 2004.
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