Brady: Pats ambassadors for NFL

LONDON – Donning a Patriots winter cap with a red pom-pom on top, bleary-eyed Patriots quarterback Tom Brady held a Friday morning news conference at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

The news conference, attended by about 100 media members, was at 9 a.m. local time, just about two hours after the team landed at London’s Heathrow Airport.

“It was relatively easy,” Brady said of the six-hour-plus flight. “We practiced yesterday and you’re always a bit tired after practice. It’s nice to get on the flight, get over here, and try to get ready to win a football game.

“It was mostly sleep,” he later added. “I think most of the guys were trying to take advantage of some rest. I think everyone feels pretty good. It seems like everyone is excited to be here.”

In addition to Brady, coach Bill Belichick held a news conference. Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, punter Zoltan Mesko and linebacker Jerod Mayo also answered questions in smaller group settings.

Brady, as is usually the case, was the main attraction. He was asked a variety of questions, mostly from the international press, one of which was how unique it was to be in London.

“Certainly the double-decker buses that you see,” Brady said, adding that he’d be present at a FanFest event on Saturday. “It definitely has a different feeling. I think all the players kind of coming together on a long flight and to be here for 3-4 days together will be a lot of fun for all of us. Hopefully the fans really enjoy the game.”

Brady also noted that the Patriots are representing something bigger than themselves on this trip.

"I hope it continues to grow, and that's why we're here, to kind of be ambassadors for the NFL," he said. "I think the players understand that and the players are excited about that.

"At the same time, we realize that our main goal is to win a football game because it's going to be a much longer flight home if we don't take care of business."