For the first time in the illustrious and legendary career of Tom Brady, he will be playing his first road game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Brady said in a recent interview that playing in his hometown is pretty special and he is very excited about playing in front of his family.
Tom Brady playing his first game in San Francisco
According to SF Gate, Brady has played in 230 games in his career but Sunday’s game will be his first time playing in San Francisco. He was supposed to face the 49ers back in 2008 at the now-demolished Candlestick Park but he missed the game due to a knee injury.
But this season, the 39-year-old is healthy and looking to play great football in front of his family and friends. Even though the game will not be played at the Candlestick, it is still a pretty special game for the four-time Super Bowl champion.
Tom Brady on growing up in San Mateo, California and as a 49ers fan
“Growing up in the Bay Area, and loving football, that was a great time for me to grow up. And seeing the success of the 49ers and the great quarterbacks, Steve (Young) and Joe (Montana), what they were able to do,” Brady said in a conference call with the media, via CBS Boston.
“I remember being at all the Super Bowl rallies and my mom taking me out of school. Banging pots on pans on the El Camino after they would win Super Bowls. Those memories, they never go away,” he added.
Brady and his family do not talk about the 49ers anymore but he has not completely forgotten about his favorite team growing up. He still has a 49ers finger foam from “The Catch” game displayed in his office at home.
What motivates Tom Brady against the 49ers?
When asked about what motivates him going into Sunday’s game, Brady quickly said that he will never forget working out with the team in 2000. He was hoping to play for the 49ers but they ended up drafting Giovanni Carmazzi.
“I have different things that have motivated me at different times,” Brady said. “I’ll never forget I worked out for the 49ers when I was coming out in 2000. They obviously went in a different direction. I’m very happy with where I ended up,” Brady said.
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