FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots held their annual Charitable Foundation kickoff gala inside Gillette Stadium on Tuesday night, and credit quarterback Tom Brady for having a sense of humor.
As part of a roundtable discussion moderated by Scott Zolak, which included teammates Rob Gronkowski, Matthew Slater and Devin McCourty, every player was asked to name one cool thing they did this offseason to celebrate their Super Bowl championship.
Brady's response: "Yeah, it's been such an enjoyable offseason."
That sparked laughter from the crowd, with Brady also noting that one of his favorite things was following receiver Julian Edelman on Instagram.
As for the others, Gronkowski answered how much he enjoyed riding the Duck Boats at the Boston-based Super Bowl parade. Slater's response was that he was married six days after the Super Bowl. McCourty talked about getting engaged.
Brady also talked about being part of the Patriots' organization.
"The commitment the players make, and the commitment the coaches make to try to establish such a high level of play year in and year out is something I've really learned from being here," he said. "I try to pass those things on to the next generation of great Patriot players, and sometimes they don't listen very well, but you just keep saying it -- just like I tell my kids -- and you have to repeat it over and over and over again and hopefully maybe it sinks in."
As part of the Charitable Foundation gala, a one-hour passing clinic with Brady that included lunch and a tour of the locker room raised $85,000.
In remarks at the event, owner Robert Kraft said, "I spoke on behalf of the team and addressed the organization's position regarding, in my opinion, the most overblown story in recent NFL history. I advised our coach, his staff and all of our players to ignore the noise and keep their focus on what was most important for this upcoming season."
Earlier Tuesday, Bill Belichick touched on the Charitable Foundation gala, in which all coaches and players attend.
"It’s an opportunity for all of us to give back to the Foundation, which in turn gives back to the community. The Kraft family has been very generous, and they’ve done a great job touching so many people and organizations in this area on behalf of the team," he said. "We’re all part of that, and it’s always [fun]. Usually a few smiles come out. You’ll see some personalities from some of the guys who maybe haven’t been seen in that venue before.
"And again, it’s great to appreciate all of the individual people in particular, as well as the corporations and sponsors and so forth. Those are all people who make those decisions, so to talk and see and just converse with them is good, too, because we have great support on a lot of levels here. A lot of those people are season ticket holders or support the organization in other ways, so it’s good to recognize them."