Growing up in San Mateo California, Tom Brady watched his father cheer on the San Francisco 49ers. They had season tickets to every single season and admired Joe Montana and his craft on the field.
During his introductory press conference with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady spoke about being in attendance for “The Catch” in the 1981 NFC Championship game as well as Montana’s last game in Candlestick Park:
“I was at Joe’s last game at Candlestick Park. I actually went up there and saw it with my friend. I’ll never forget that. He was an incredible player. He and Steve Young were my quarterback idols growing up.
“I just think life continues to change for all of us, and just having the opportunity for me to continue to play football and lead a team is something that I love doing. I’ve loved playing this sport since I was a kid, since I was throwing footballs in the parking lot at Candlestick. And I still love doing that today.”
Brady also opened up about the uncertainty of playing outside of New England for the first time ever:
“I’m not going to make predictions about how the next few months are going to go and I don’t really know what’s going to happen and what’s predicted with our access to the team facilities and so forth,” Brady said. “I’m going to do the best I can to be in conversation with guys and try to get together and find ways to meet up in different places and get to work in that sense. Technology is an amazing thing and we’re going to use the technology as best we can to try to get to know each other and for me, they’re ahead of me on what they need to know in terms of the offense. So I’ve really got to get up to speed with the things they already know and their terminology. It’s a lot of time and energy, but that’s what I love to do. The only way to start it is to start doing it, so that’s what I’ve got to do.”
We are so excited about what’s to come!