It appears the image of a calm, cool and collected Tom Brady has gone the way of his short haircut.
The "new" Brady, the one who's received major attention since breaking down in an April interview with NFL Films about his long wait during the 2000 NFL Draft, feels more like your average joe. He cries at movies. He parties with his wife and attends big sporting events like the 137th Kentucky Derby.
In a video shot during the week of the NFL draft and released Wednesday by the Boston Herald, Brady told a crowd at an Under Armour event that yes, he gets emotional.
"I'm an emotional person. Sometimes I can't help it," he said. "The (2000) draft was tough, and it's tough for a lot of guys. You have these high expectations that you're going to be picked at a certain place and then it doesn't happen. But I was thinking -- you know, my parents were there with me. And I have such a great relationship with them. They've been to so many of my games and practices and supported me over the years, and just thinking about sharing that moment with them, and then seeing the excitement that we've had for an 11-year career, I think that's the emotional part of it."
"Weâre always in touch. You kind of leave it up to the veteran guys to make contact with some of the younger players and coordinate workouts and so forth," he said. "Hopefully, [Judge Nelsonâs ruling on a stay] brings a little more clarity whether itâs today or Monday whatâs going actually going to happen. It would make things easier for players if we were actually able to go down and throw at the stadium, instead of figuring out what high school youâre going to."