BRADY: Life is hard ―be prepared for it

You just have to be what most people aren’t: consistent, determined and willing to work for it

Former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks into the crowd at the conclusion of his induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame at Gillette Stadium on June 12 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Steven Senne / AP Photo)

I would encourage everyone to play football for the simple reason that it is hard. It’s hard when you’re young and to wake up in the offseason to go train and work out, knowing that all your friends are sleeping in and eating pancakes.

It’s hard when you’re on your way to practice, weighed down with all your gear and it’s 90 degrees out and all of the other kids are at the pool or at the beach and your body is already completely exhausted from workouts and two-a-days.


It’s hard to throw, block, catch and tackle and hit kids when they’re way bigger and way more developed than you, only to go home that night bruised and battered but knowing that you have to show up the next day for just the chance to try again.

But understand this — life is hard. No matter who you are, there are bumps and bruises and hits along the way. And my advice is to prepare yourself. Because football lessons teach us that success and achievement come from overcoming adversity and that team accomplishment far exceeds anyone’s individual goals.

To be successful at anything, the truth is, you don’t have to be special. You just have to be what most people aren’t: consistent, determined and willing to work for it. No shortcuts. If you look at all my teammates here tonight, it would be impossible to find better examples of men who embody that work ethic, integrity, purpose, determination and discipline that it takes to be a champion in life.

We led by example. Nothing in life of significance is ever accomplished alone. That’s the Patriot way. Here in New England, we were the first team ever to take the field in the Super Bowl not as individuals but as a single unit. That’s us! We did that. And we were the best in the world. And history will never forget that.

It is the honor of my life to take my place among these other Patriot Hall of Famers and to be officially enshrined into the winning legacy of this amazing organization. You humble me, you make me proud, and I am eternally grateful. I am Tom Brady, and I am a Patriot.”

Excerpted from Tom Brady’s induction speech into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame on June 12.