Tom Brady reveals compassionate side in hoping radio host keeps his job

ST. PAUL, Minn. — He awoke in Massachusetts and defended his 5-year-old daughter from a trolling sports radio host. He closed out his night here in Minnesota no less resolute in his belief that his kids should be off limits to media criticism, yet showing a sense of compassion that perhaps few others would.

In the morning, Tom Brady cut off his regular appearance on WEEI over comments by Alex Reimer, who on a separate show on the same station dubbed Vivian Brady an “arrogant little pissant” while evaluating her brief appearance in Brady’s reality show. Reimer was suspended by mid-morning.

Yet by night, Brady was throwing a lifeline to Reimer, even if it may be too little, too late.

“I certainly hope the guy is not fired,” Brady said. “I would hate for that to happen. I just think any parent is really protective of their kids. I’ve never stayed away from criticism. I understand criticism is part of sports but I certainly don’t think my children or any children really deserve to be in that.

“I think we all have careers and we all make mistakes. I’d hate for someone to have to change their life over something like that. It’s certainly not what he intended. I just felt it was inappropriate. I think any 5-year-old is off limits. I think anyone would feel the same way about their kids.”

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) answers questions during Super Bowl LII Opening Night on January 29, 2018, at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ST PAUL, MN - JANUARY 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots waves to the media during SuperBowl LII Media Day at Xcel Energy Center on January 29, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota. Super Bowl LII will be played between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles on February 4. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ST PAUL, MN - JANUARY 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks to the media during SuperBowl LII Media Day at Xcel Energy Center on January 29, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota. Super Bowl LII will be played between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles on February 4. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) answers questions during Super Bowl LII Opening Night on January 29, 2018, at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ST PAUL, MN - JANUARY 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots and head coach Doug Pederson of the Philadelphia Eagles shake hands during Super Bowl Media Day at Xcel Energy Center on January 29, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota. Super Bowl LII will be played between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles on February 4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
ST PAUL, MN - JANUARY 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots speaks to the media during SuperBowl LII Media Day at Xcel Energy Center on January 29, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota. Super Bowl LII will be played between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles on February 4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
ST PAUL, MN - JANUARY 29: Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots answer questions during Super Bowl Media Day at Xcel Energy Center on January 29, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota. Super Bowl LII will be played between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles on February 4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (R)) and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles share the stage for an interview during Super Bowl Opening Night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. January 29, 2018 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Jan 29, 2018; St. Paul, MN, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) addresses the media during Super Bowl LII Opening Night at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 29, 2018; St. Paul, MN, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady waves to the crowd from the stage during Super Bowl LII Opening Night at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Everyone would feel that way about their kids, which is why Reimer’s career may be toast no matter how understanding Brady is. Radio is about a relationship with the host and the audience. Insulting the little daughter of the most popular athlete in Boston is an ill-advised way to build that relationship.

Brady suggested everyone should put themselves in Reimer’s shoes.

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“Look, I think we all go through our life saying things we shouldn’t say or make mistakes,” Brady said. “I can express [my disappointment] and we can move on.”

Time will tell for Reimer. For Brady, he can.

Maybe it’s because he’s 40. Maybe it’s because this is his eighth time here at a Super Bowl. Maybe it’s because his children are growing up and reaching the age of personal mistakes.

Maybe it’s because the one Super Bowl he has missed of late was just a few miles from where he grew up in the Bay Area (Denver vs. Carolina). He wanted that one. So here in Minnesota, where his mother grew up, his parents got married and he spent so many of his summers has made him nostalgic for home … and all that the word entails.

All eyes per usual on Brady at the Super Bowl. All questions about how he can lead New England to victory over Philadelphia and a sixth Lombardi Trophy.

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Jan 29, 2018; St. Paul, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) wears a sombrero as he addresses the media during Super Bowl LII Opening Night at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 29, 2018; St. Paul, MN, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) puts on a hat during Super Bowl LII Opening Night at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jan 29, 2018; St. Paul, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi is interviewed by Rick Strom of TVT Sports during Super Bowl LII Opening Night at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 29, 2018; St. Paul, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson is interviewed during Super Bowl LII Opening Night at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 29, 2018; St. Paul, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back LeGarrette Blount (29) takes a selfie during Super Bowl LII Opening Night at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 29, 2018; St. Paul, MN, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nate Sudfeld is interviewed by a NBC Sports Philadelphia reporter during Super Bowl LII Opening Night at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 29, 2018; St. Paul, MN, USA; New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia (right) is interviewed by Deion Sanders (left) during Super Bowl LII Opening Night at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to reporter during Super Bowl Opening Night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. January 29, 2018 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
The New England Patriots take the stage as they arrive for Super Bowl Opening Night, a chance to speak to the media, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. January 29, 2018 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
ST PAUL, MN - JANUARY 29: Jason Kelce #62 of the Philadelphia Eagles speaks to the media during Super Bowl Media Day at Xcel Energy Center on January 29, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota. Super Bowl LII will be played between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles on February 4. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - JANUARY 29: Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) answers questions during Super Bowl LII Opening Night on January 29, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 29: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) answers questions during Super Bowl LII Opening Night on January 29, 2018. at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN - JANUARY 29: NFL Hall of Fame Defensive Tackle John Randle answers questions during Super Bowl LII Opening Night on January 29, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots running back James White (28) answers questions during Super Bowl LII Opening Night on January 29, 2018, at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 29: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) waves to the crowd as he enters the stage to Super Bowl LII Opening Night on January 29, 2018, at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Yet for Brady, most of the answers were about someone else, usually someone close. Mom. Dad. Grandpa. Grandma. Uncles. Cousins. His wife. And yes, 5-year-old Vivian.

It was like a big circle of life. One minute he’s the dad, protecting his kid. The next he’s the kid, talking about sitting on his grandfather’s knee and learning to shoot a .22, blasting a nearby tree – “I thought it was the coolest thing.”

He told stories of catching fish up here and watching his mother or grandmother fry it up. He spoke of uncles and cousins, and lamented the struggle, even for him, to find tickets for all of them. He talked about how close of a relationship his wife, Gisele Bundchen, and his mother, Galynn, have.

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Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady through the years
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NEW YORK CITY, NY - MARCH 11: Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attend ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA Store Opening Cocktail Party For The Robin Hood Foundation at Ermenegildo Zegna Store 5th Ave on March 11, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by DAVID X PRUTTING/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - JUNE 14: Model Gisele Bundchen and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sit courtside for Game Four of the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs at the Quicken Loans Arena on June 14, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 05: Actress/model Gisele Bundchen and athlete Tom Brady attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 'Superheroes: Fashion And Fantasy' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
BOSTON - MAY 22: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Gisele Bundchen watch as the Detroit Pistons play against the Boston Celtics during Game Two of the 2008 NBA Eastern Conference finals at the TD Banknorth Garden on May 22, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NO MIDDLE EAST/INDIA/RUSSIA Photos � 2008 Freddy Baez/The Grosby Group - New York Sept 24, 2008 GISELE BUNDCHEN and TOM BRADY out and about in West Village after doing some shopping. PGfrb6 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
�2009 RAMEY PHOTO NO SPAIN , NO ITALY, NO MIDDLE EAST, NO RUSSIA Brasil, March 15, 2009 GISELE BUNDCHEN and husband TOM BRADY leave the small town of Horizontina in the south of Brasil, after spending the weekend. Gisele took Tom there to introduce him to her family in the town where she was born. The couple took a small private plane that will take them to the large city Sao Paulo where they will continue with their honeymoon. PGpg68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 04: NFL player Tom Brady and model Gisele Bundchen attends 'The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
�2010 RAMEY PHOTO EXCLUSIVE! NO SPAIN/ NO ITALY/ NO RUSSIA Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 29, 2010 GISELE BUNDCHEN and TOM BRADY take their baby Benjamin, for lunch at Cafe La Musique in Sao Paulo. The Brady family traveled to Brazil for Gisele's sister wedding. PGrbs68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
�2010 RAMEY PHOTO Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady and their baby ride on a boat in Paris. 040910 DLM/TM (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
Tom Brady and model Gisele B�ndchen attends the Costume Institute Gala Benefit to celebrate the opening of the 'American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity' exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 3, 2010 AFP PHOTO /TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Model Gisele Bundchen (L) and NFL player Tom Brady (R) attends the 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/FilmMagic)
BOSTON - APRIL 20: Tom Brady and Gisselle Bundchen kiss in a roof box stand during the seventh inning stretch as the Boston Red Sox face the New York Yankees on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Tom Brady and Gilele Bundchen attend the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Randy Brooke/WireImage)
Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady attends the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 6, 2013, celebrating the opening of Punk: Chaos to Couture. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 27: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are seen on March 27, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen (R) gestures alongside US American football player Tom Brady during a closing ceremony ahead of the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA World Cup at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 11: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was met after practice on August 11, 2014 by his wife Gisele Bundchen and their son and daughter. The Patriots held an afternoon practice session on the fields outside of Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots kisses his wife Gisele Bundchen after defeating the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 30: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are seen riding bicycles on August 30, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, Robert Kraft, Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman attend the Gisele Bundchen Spring Fling book launch on April 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Goat Communications)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21: Professional Football player Tom Brady and wife, model Gisele Bundchen attend National Geographic's 'Years Of Living Dangerously' new season world premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on September 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) hugs his wife Gisele Bundchen after beating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Tom Brady (L) and Gisele Bundchen attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for People.com)
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A year ago, the family angle was Galynn, who spent the prior year fighting through chemotherapy. Brady, for all his fame and all his fortune, felt like a helpless son, working on the other side of the country, unable to do more.

Galynn made it to the game and Tom won another Super Bowl. Now they are both back.

So yes, there was compassion because it’s clear Tom Brady is spending his Super Bowl week counting all his blessings, acknowledging his full reality.

Some guy on the radio cracked on his kid. Many would have blown up, demanded their firing, called for their head. Some might have just gone over and confronted the guy themselves.

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HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds his daughter, Vivian, on the podium as he waits to speak following winning Super Bowl LI. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb 5, 2017. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with wife Gisele Bundchen and daughter Vivian Brady after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and his daughter Vivian Brady hug after the game against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. The Patriots won 34-28. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates with his son Benjamin during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates winning Super Bowl LI with his son. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in overtime at NGR Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON - FEBRUARY 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and his son celebrate with the Lombardi trophy after the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after winning Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 17: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) embraces his son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, after today's joint practice with the Chicago Bears. The New England Patriots held a dual practice with the Chicago Bears during Patriots training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 17, 2016. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 17: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (#12) with his son, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, after today's joint practice with the Chicago Bears. The New England Patriots held a dual practice with the Chicago Bears during Patriots training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 17, 2016. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Tom Brady and kids are seen out in Manhattan on April 28, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Tom Brady step out of his NYC apartment on May 15, 2016 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 04: Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots kisses his son Benjamin during a Super Bowl victory parade on February 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates defeating the Seattle Seahawks with his wife Gisele Bundchen and son Benjamin during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots defeated the Seahawks 28-24. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Tom Brady is seen leaving DeSano Pizza with his son Benjamin Rein Bundchen Brady on February 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Pixplus/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 12: Tom Brady is seen at a local playground with his son, Benjamin Brady, and dog Lua on January 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 12: Tom Brady is seen at a local playground with his son, Benjamin Brady, and dog Lua on January 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 07: Tom Brady and sons John Moynahan and Benjamin Brady are seen on December 07, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 8: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady carries his son Benjamin off the practice field at the end of today's practice with the New Orleans Saints during training camp. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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For Tom Brady, perspective is everything at this stage. And a man with everything doesn’t feel the need to grind down another man who is, undoubtedly, having a day of regret and shame.

Don’t fire him, Brady said. We’ve all said dumb stuff, he reminded.

Maybe Alex Reimer didn’t deserve Tom Brady, but Tom Brady, a Tom Brady as focused on family and nostalgia and good fortune as much as football, is who he got.

“Life’s too short,” Brady said. “[I’ll] focus on this game and these great opportunities that we have. I have my family here, what can get better than that?”

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