On being a backup,
which he also was at USC before the Pats drafted him in 2005
There's stress. You never know when you're going to get on the field. But I
haven't suffered many bumps and bruises. And the advantage of a rested arm is
that it's ready to rock and roll.
On his sideline
My friends ask, 'Why wear your helmet? You're not going in.' What I do is
listen to the play call [through a helmet headset]. Then I say the call aloud
as if I were in the huddle. When I watch the play, I go through the mental
reps. This way if I'm called on, it won't feel like the first time I'm in the
On the Pats'
starter, whom he used to call Mr. Brady
I stopped calling him that midway through my rookie year—he became TB or Tom.
He's mentored me. On football operational stuff, on my demeanor, on how to
respond in the huddle.
On his mom,
Barbara, a TV set designer who won a 2007 Emmy for Tony Bennett: An American
We look up to her. She and my dad [Greg, a TV writer] had four children, and
she worked from 5:30 a.m. until seven at night, never complaining. She still
does it. It's a lesson: When there's work, you've got to go do it. No
On USC's Pro Day