Q: How do you feel on whether or not you should rest for a game like this or start and stay sharp? Brady: If it were up to me, I would love to play. I will be playing and I'm glad I will be playing. I think it is going to be important for us go out there and try to execute the plays that are called. It is another chance for this team to go out and get better. We are playing a team in the last game of their year and they are ready trying to make a statement. No one gives them much of a chance but I think we know it is going to be a tough challenge as it always is. We are playing an NFL football team who has been in some very close games this year. I think they have had some injuries, but watching some of the tape this morning they are very capable of beating anybody. We are going to need to go out and try to play well. You saw what happened a couple of weeks ago when we didn't play well. Q: These are not the 49ers of your youth, but is it still a charge to see those helmets out there with you? Brady: Oh yes. I remember sitting in my living room as the 49ers were drafting that day in the 2000 Draft and seeing them pick a quarterback in the third round. I was so mad. I think any time that you grow up and look at a team and you grow to love that team and I loved those players. I had gone to a whole bunch of those games growing up. I had Joe Montana and Jerry Rice on my wall. It will be nice to play them. I have been looking forward to it for a long time. My family wishes that it were out there, but I am going to have to wait a few more years for that. Q: Do you know people who are still 49ers fans? Brady: Oh yes, everybody. All my best friends are still 49ers fans. My aunts and uncles are 49ers fans. I think my parents are, actually my parents aren't 49ers fans anymore. Q: Some people might want to take it out on the team that didn't draft them. Is there any of that this week? Brady: I think as a player you always want to go out and play your best. As a quarterback, it is not like I can go out and hit somebody to show them how mad I was. You know who you are playing against and all those teams that took quarterbacks that year. Cleveland took a quarterback. San Francisco took a quarterback. The Jets took [Chad] Pennington. Pittsburgh took Tee Martin. The Rams took [Marc] Bulger. Spergeon Wynn from Cleveland. Q: There weren't many quarterbacks left on the board? Brady: There wasn't many, was there. Q: Are you still angry about that? Brady: You are the 199th pick in the draft. I will never forget those days. Q: What about San Francisco's defense concerns you the most? Brady: Bryant Young and John Engelberger and Jeff Ulbrich. They have some guys that can play and rush the passer. It is a very disruptive front seven that plays the run well and can get off the passer. They blitz quite a bit. We have our hands full. All these teams that are playing us, we are getting their best shot. Usually what we see is that these teams throw everything they can at us. We go into a lot of these weeks preparing for what they have done the last four games and then we get into the game and we have never seen some of the things that they do. The Jets last week on the first play of the game were in a 3-4 defense. They hadn't played a 3-4 defense all year and there it is and how do you react to it. I think that is going to be more of the same against a team like San Francisco, who does quite a few things on its on own anyway. I'm sure they are going to have some things cooked up for us as well. Q: Growing up in San Mateo, did you have any awareness of Ken Dorsey? Brady: I think I was a few years older then him, so not a whole lot. I was switching between football, baseball and basketball and I didn't have much time to do much of that in high school as I would have liked. Q: Growing up watching the 49ers, are you surprised of the current team situation? Brady: Well, it's very uncharacteristic. That franchise for so long has been the one that everyone else looks at as the program and organization you want to be like. With so successful years and I grew up sitting in the stands watching a lot of those games, it was always fun for them. I tell you, I got sick to my stomach when watching the 49ers lose. I wouldn't watch TV. I wouldn't watch SportsCenter. It just made for a terrible Monday. So, it is very surprising to see that. But I know it is a great place to grow up and watch football. A young kid watching Joe Montana and Steve Young, it doesn't get any better than that. Q: Were you season ticket holders? Brady: Oh yeah. My parents used to sit up just on the right side of the press box if you were looking down at the stadium. Up in section, I believe between 9 and 10 on the upper deck. Q: Are they still season ticket holders? Brady: No, as we went off to college, I think when I left for college, they just started running out of time. My sisters were playing softball quite a bit and I was out there playing football far away. So, they just didn't have the time they had when we were little. Q: Were you in those seats during the ‘Catch'? Brady: Yeah, I was. I was complaining to my dad the whole first half because he wouldn't buy me one of those foam fingers. So to finally shut me up, he bought it in the second half. But, I do remember that. I do remember that very well. Q: Did you almost come close to signing to play baseball with the Expos? Brady: I really wanted to go to college and I had committed to Michigan. They had drafted me. I pretty much told them that I was planning on going to play football. Q: Were there any times in Michigan that you wondered where you'd be if you played baseball? Brady: Yeah, there were some tough times. After my first year, I really was having a tough time. I was trying to find out ... I think I was homesick. I think I was trying to figure out my role on the team. I loved playing football so much that I didn't ever look to baseball. I just thought maybe there were some other places in football that I could be playing, but I think it was a great decision to stick it out at Michigan. But, baseball never became that much of an option. My knees hurt too bad and my elbow hurt too bad to play baseball. Q: How has your relationship been with owner Robert Kraft? Brady: It's been great. There is no other place in the league that I would ever want to play. It's a great environment. He does everything that an owner can possibly do to help the team win. We have a great stadium and we have great practice facilities. Everything is catered towards making the players lives easier so that when we do come down to practice and come down to work during the week, we can focus on that and try to eliminate many of the distractions. He's hired some great people. He's brought in some great players. He's a tremendous owner. The best in the league as far as I'm concerned. Q: How often do you come back to the San Francisco Bay Area during offseason? Brady: As much as I can. It's usually not as much as I'd like. Usually anywhere between a couple weeks and a month a year. Q: Do you feel you have more anonymity in the Bay Area than New England? Brady: Definitely. Especially going back to — my parents still live in the same house that I grew up in — so especially going back to that neighborhood. I still have a lot of friends there. My two best friends from high school are still there. It's home. I miss it every day. As much I can be back there to see my parents, my sister, my niece, my friends, my old classmates, it was just a great place to grow up.
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