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Tom Brady excited to return to Minnesota, where he used to milk cows

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A trip to Minnesota for Super Bowl LII has some added personal meaning for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 4, and Brady should have plenty of family support, as his mother’s side of the family is from the state. The connection was noted during the CBS broadcast of the Patriots’ 24-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

“My mom [Galynn] grew up in central Minnesota, a small town called Browerville,” Brady explained Monday morning on his weekly interview with the “Kirk and Callahan Show” on sports radio WEEI. “My grandparents lived there, and my grandma died of multiple sclerosis quite a few years ago. She was in a nursing home and my grandpa was a farmer; he was a dairy farmer, had a lot of cows and he farmed corn.

“So every year we would go back in the summer and spend weeks. We’d go fishing in the summer, ice fishing in the winter, and milk the cows with my grandpa and just kind of tend to the farm. It was a great experience for me, [being] born in California.”

This will be Brady’s eighth Super Bowl appearance, which extends his own record. His previous trips were played in New Orleans, Houston (twice), Jacksonville, Indianapolis and Arizona (twice).

Minnesota will stand out to him.

“I’ve always felt a connection to Minnesota. It will be fun because my uncles live there, my cousins. We were just back there last year when my grandpa passed away,” Brady said on WEEI. “It’s just a great place. It’s really special to go back there. The last time we played in Minnesota [Week 2 of the 2014 season], I had a lot of people come; a lot of family and extended family. So it will be a lot of great support there in Minnesota too.”