"I never imagined this in my wildest dreams," Brady told NFL Media's Kurt Warner at Tuesday's Media Day. "I loved playing sports growing up ... To get a chance to play in the Super Bowl, I never thought I'd get to play in one. So it's pretty unbelievable to play in six. I played with so many great teammates over the years, guys that really made the Patriots-kinda legacy what our team and what it's been all about. This team has really got to establish its own identity, and we have a great chance to do it on Sunday."
Brady would cement his own legacy with a fourth ring and could drop the hammer on the "best quarterback ever" debate. However, the New England Patriots' quarterback isn't worried about how he stacks up with players like Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and others.
"It's hard to think about those things," Brady said. "I've been fortunate to be on some great teams. Those guys are unbelievable players. They were so great for this league. There were great teams. I was the biggest 49ers fan growing up. To watch Joe and Steve Young, who were my two idols, who were just great for the game and great for the sport."
Brady dismissed any talk about his future and sounded very much like the man who plans to play for many more years.
"One thing I learned, I had a tough injury about six years ago, and even when we lose now, I walk off the field going 'well at least I get a chance to go out there and do it again,'" he said.
Whenever those chances finally end, Brady can then look back on one of the best careers in NFL history.