BOSTON (CBS) — Tom Brady has been having a lot of fun on social media in recent years, but on Mother’s Day he spoke straight from the heart.
Brady posted a photo of himself with his mother and the rest of the Brady family to his Instagram page on Sunday. The photo includes both of Brady’s parents, wife Gisele Bundchen, brother-in-law Kevin Youkilis, and his sisters, in-laws, and children.
“Happy Mother’s Day Mom. Looking at this photo makes us all so proud,” the post reads. “Without you none of this is possible. You are the kindest, gentlest, most loving mother a son could ever ask for. You have taught us what strength really means. Family is everything. We all love you so much.”
It’s been a trying time for Brady’s mother Galynn, who has reportedly been battling cancer for nearly two years. She had to miss every game of the 2016 season, until she was able to attend Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium in Houston – which, of course, made the Patriots’ historic comeback win that much more special.
Brady also posted a Mother’s Day message for Gisele, posting an Instagram photo of her on a horse with their daughter Vivian.
“Happy Mother’s Day Love of my life!” the post reads. “We couldn’t have wished for a mother to love us the way you do! We love you so much! Jack Benny Vivi and Papai (and Lua Scooby and Fluffy too 😊).”
The posts were a sharp contrast to Brady’s hilarious new commercial, featuring the quarterback strapped into some kind of “safety bubble” apparatus to protect him from the so-called “Madden Curse.” The quarterback has certainly proved to have a sense of humor during his recent uptick in social media activity, but he’s also proved to be as close to his family as anyone.