The Tom Brady Rules

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Tom Brady (Photo via Mike Reiss on Twitter)

Great players have one thing in common: An intense drive to succeed.

Tom Brady may be the most competitive athlete on the planet. In his weekly press conference before the playoff game with the Chiefs, Brady talked about how important winning and preparation is.

“I would say I’m not the easiest guy to play with,” Brady said. “I think there’s a lot of high expectations and I try to put a lot of pressure on everybody to get the best out of us.

“Every time of year I think is really important because you’re always try to build to something. You work really hard to get to this point. I don’t think you just start working hard last week. I think you’ve just got to work hard with the opportunities you have. I don’t care if it’s an offseason, non-practice day. What are you trying to do to help our team win and become a better player. And then, if you get that opportunity, you try to go out and take advantage of it.

“There’s a lot of people that sacrifice a lot to get to this point. This is not a one-week event. This is a year-round thing that you commit your life to to play in moments like this. This is when you need to be at your best. And if you haven’t weeded out the guys you don’t count on anymore, those guys are not playing. The guys that you count on, those are the guys that you’re kind of, I’d say, in the foxhole with, so to speak. You’ve got to know who to count on and how to anticipate and know that you’re going to keep doing the right things, which ultimately lead to good productive plays and scoring points.”

A very interesting glimpse into what makes Tom Brady tick.