FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrived in the media workroom for his Wednesday news conference, a reporter congratulated him on being named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad. Brady smiled but didn't engage in the discussion, and for a moment there was silence.
If Brady didn't have to talk about individual awards, he wasn't going there. When a more direct question was asked about the Pro Bowl, he then obliged.
"It's a very nice thing for your peers and coaches to name you to the team," he said. "We have a lot of guys joining us, that's always pretty cool. We have other plans, hopefully, and we have a big game this week. We could really put ourselves in a good position if we win it. This is a team we lost to before and we have to go out and play well."
Just as the Pro Bowl was a topic Brady hoped to dodge, so too was the possibility of eclipsing 5,000 yards passing this season. Brady has 4,897 passing yards entering the season finale.
"You don't think about it much," he said. "You don't think about touchdowns or yards. What I like to think about is our offensive production and if we're getting the ball in the end zone, if we're winning games, if we're building on week to week and our performance, if we're getting better over the course of the season. Those are the things that are most on my mind. Personal records or anything like that, in a team sport, to me there is just not any emphasis on those. We're trying to win team awards. That's certainly what you subscribe to when you become a member of a team."