The New England Patriots quarterback was injured in the first quarter of the 2008 regular season opener, seven months after the New York Giants beat New England in the Super Bowl. Now that he's trying to shake the memory of another Super Bowl loss to the Giants, Brady is using that season as a lesson.
"I think one thing that my injury taught me a few years ago was how fragile this game is, and to be able to take the field every week is really a blessing," Brady told reporters on Thursday after one of the offseason organized team activities.
Losing the Super Bowl "is part of learning as a player," Brady said. "Hopefully, you get a chance to be in that position again. At this point, we try to move on and you try to look forward to what this season is going to be about. It's a different group of players, different coaches, a little different system. You're trying to put together a team here that can go out and compete every single week."
Asked if he looks at things differently at 35 than he did at 25, Brady responded, a little too seriously: "I'm not 35."
He turns 35 in August.
"You don't look back too much on the past and say, 'What if? What if?' You'd drive yourself crazy," Brady said.
Brady is hoping this season will end better. The Patriots have stocked up his receiving corps to make it happen. The team signed free agents Donte' Stallworth, Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney and re-signed Deion Branch and Wes Welker to go along with Julian Edelman and Chad Ochocinco.
"We've brought in quite a few guys," Brady said. "Hopefully the mix of guys that we had last year along with the new guys can create some different options for us. It's a very competitive position. All of our days of practice have been very competitive. ... The more good players you have, the better team you're going to be."
The Patriots worked out for the second week in a row, with one more of the practices called OTAs before minicamp in June. Thursday was Brady's first general media availability.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press