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Tom Brady: Patriots' 'no excuses' philosophy begins at the top

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- During the AFC championship trophy presentation Sunday night, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady referenced the team's mental toughness.

"That's what it's all about and this team's got it," he said on the on-field stage, speaking with CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz. "We'll see if we can write the perfect ending in a couple of weeks."

Early Monday morning, using his remarks as a springboard, the topic of mental toughness was brought up to Brady during his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI's "Kirk and Callahan Show."

Specifically, Brady was asked how he would define it and who embodies it most.

"We have a sign on our wall that says 'Doing the right thing for the team when it may not be the right thing for you.' That's just putting everything aside and ignoring the noise and all the positive things people may say about you, and all the negative things people may say about you, and believing in yourself and not making excuses," Brady said on the program.

"There are always excuses you can build into why you would lose a game. It could be, 'We only played on six days' rest. We had this person hurt. Or we didn't get that call.' There's a million of them and they are all built in and you can pick them all off right before the game even starts. I think our coach [Bill Belichick] does a great job of never buying into that B.S.

"He never makes it about one player. He never makes it about one play. He never makes it about one call or one situation. It's all about all of us collectively trying to do the best thing we can for the team to help us win.

"He never lets his foot off the gas pedal, so really, when you come to our team you're brainwashed. It's just the way it goes.

"It has a lot of success. In a team sport, you need everybody. I think in this era of football, with players changing teams and so forth, it's so great to be able to see guys that have come from other places to our program and experience it. They may not get all the accolades that they may have got at the old place, but to see the smile on their face when we win, and it's like, 'Man, we're playing meaningful games in December. First-round bye, then division game, AFC championship and now we're going to the Super Bowl.' It makes it all worth it.

"I think that pretty much sums it up."