New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he hoped to win Super Bowl LI for his mother, Galynn, which made the team's 34-28 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons that much sweeter for him. He also is encouraged with how she has responded to treatments for an undisclosed health issue.
"Mom's doing better," Brady said Monday on WEEI's "Kirk and Callahan" program. "She's been through a lot. My dad has been through a lot. It's been a really hard year for them. Our prayers are with her. She's the best mom in the world, so it was nice to win for her, nice for her to be there."
"She didn't make it back to a game all season; it was so hard for them, but I just wanted her to try to get her rest," he continued. "She's been going through a lot, a lot of intensive treatment. But the prognosis is good. She's not quite through it yet, but hopefully there is some healing energy from our game. We just love her so much. Hopefully she really turns a corner. We all pray for that."
Brady's mother dealt with the drama of the Super Bowl, which was her first game of the year, the way many Patriots fans did Sunday.
"All I did was pray," she said. "The whole game -- just prayed."
The Brady matriarch spoke to Boston's CBS affiliate WBZ on the field after the Super Bowl win and was asked how she reacted to the Patriots' 28-3 deficit in the third quarter.
She said she was "so happy" just to be at the game.
Brady had become emotional upon the Patriots' arrival at Super Bowl LI when asked by a 7-year-old reporter which person was his hero. He said it was his father, Tom Sr., and his emotion was sparked in part by Galynn's health situation.
That was also on the mind of at least one of Brady's teammates on Sunday in the Super Bowl.
Before the Patriots took the field for overtime, receiver Julian Edelman had something on his mind to share with Brady.
"Let's go score and win this thing, baby," Edelman said, as aired on this week's Showtime's "Inside the NFL" program.
"Let's go win it all," Brady responded.
"For your mom. For your mom, bro," Edelman then said.