BOSTON (CBS) — Even in his own backyard, Tom Brady hears boo birds.
Brady was the only former Super Bowl MVP to get booed Sunday ahead of Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California, as the NFL honored past MVPs prior to the game.
The three-time Super Bowl MVP didn’t seem to mind though, giving the crowd a thumbs up as he quickly made his way to the grandstand to join his fellow MVPs.
The large contingency of Denver Broncos fans in attendance likely led to such loud boos for Brady. The Patriots quarterback and his family didn’t stay at Levi Stadium for long, departing after the ceremony to catch the game at his sister’s home in Los Gatos, California.
Brady joined Jim Gray on Westwood One Radio prior to the ceremony to discuss what it means to be a three-time Super Bowl MVP, and what it means to be on the same stage with other greats of the game.
“It’s hard to really put into words,” said Brady, who was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII and XLIX. “I think more so it is a feeling that you get. It’s pretty tough to describe because I think for me I think about where I started and growing up 26 miles away from here in San Mateo and just realizing the journey of what it all means to get to this point.
“It’s really a celebration of the great teams that I have been apart of and for me I am really proud to represent all those teams that won these great championships. They are hard to win. Any number of guys could have won this award, any number of years that we’ve won it. I stand up here representing all those other guys too,” he said.
Brady and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, Brady’s idol growing up, are the only two players to win three Super Bowl MVPs in their career.