New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was back at his team’s practice facility on Thursday.
So was his sense of humor.
Brady missed practice on Wednesday due to an undisclosed illness, but took first-team reps on Thursday. The quarterback declined to discuss what previously caused him to leave the building, but he looked healthy and was is in a great mood during Thursday's press conference.
“It was nothing. I feel great,” Brady said. “Nothing at all.”
Even if it was something major, the Patriots do not discuss injuries. Fortunately, for New England, Brady’s setback does not seem serious.
In addition, Brady did not seem bothered by a recent poll that highlighted his popularity -good and bad.
According to Public Policy Polling, Brady is the NFL’s least-liked quarterback (18 percent), followed by Tim Tebow (12 percent) and Robert Griffin III (11 percent). Brady beat out Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who was named Forbes’ most-disliked player in 2013.
However, Brady was also named PPP’s second-most liked quarterback with 13 percent of the votes. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, the king of Saturday Night Live appearances and Papa John's commercials, topped the list (22 percent).
"There are probably a lot of reasons,” Brady said when asked about his lack of popularity. “I don’t know, that’s a great question.”
When the reporter suggested the reason for the hate might stem from his celebrity lifestyle, Brady jokingly asked, “What kind of life do I have off the field that everyone knows so well?”
How about that supermodel wife?
“Oh, that,” Brady said. “That’s the reason why.”
The reporter continued and pointed out Brady’s good life, trying desperately to get a reaction from the quarterback. Brady continued to entertain the subject with humor.
"I live a great life,” Brady said. “I’m not sure. You’d probably have to ask all those people that you polled. But you’re right. There’s nothing I’d rather do than play football for the New England Patriots and yes, I have a great family.”
Brady also appears to be in great health, which is more important than popularity polls heading into Sunday's AFC championship game.
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