By Danny Emerman (Online Editor-In-Chief).
The “WHERE IS ROG-AH” chants flooded Gillette Stadium as the New England Patriots ran out the clock in the AFC Championship against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
If the Patriots beat the Falcons on Sunday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will have to hand over the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Tom Brady and Bob Kraft in front of an army of rejoiceful New England fans.
Despite the drawn-out DeflateGate controversy resulting in a four-game suspension for the greatest quarterback of all time, both Goodell and Brady say it will not be awkward.
“Not for a second,” Goodell said on Colin Cowherd’s FS1 radio show. “We have two dominant teams playing in the Super Bowl. The Patriots and Falcons have both earned the opportunity to be there. They deserve it and whoever wins that championship is going to have to earn it because these are great teams. I’m going to be thrilled,” the commissioner said.
Brady wants Goodell to present him the trophy not for any ulterior motive, but because “that would mean we won the game, and that’s all I care about.”
Goodell said “it would be an honor” because Brady is “on the precipice of at least potentially winning his fifth Super Bowl ring.”
Brady’s father, Tom Brady Sr., blasted Goodell for how he handled DeflateGate.
“(Goodell) went on a witch hunt and went in way over his head and had to lie his way out in numerous ways and the reality is that Tommy never got suspended for deflating footballs,” Brady Sr. said. “He got suspended because the court said that he could, Roger Goodell could do anything he wanted to do to any player for any reason whatsoever. That’s what happened. The NFL admitted they had no evidence on him,” Brady Sr. said.
“I’ve banned my Dad from talking, so he’s no longer available to the media,” Brady Jr. joked on WEEI after hearing the comments.
But don’t worry, there is no tension between Brady and his family, unlike another elite NFL quarterback.
“I love my Dad,” Brady Jr said. “As any parent knows how much you love your kids. My Dad has been my best friend my entire life. He’s always been my No. 1 supporter. Hopefully he’s at the game cheering me on. He’s great man and I love him to death. He’s taught me everything about life. Certainly about how to be a father because he’s been the best one a son could ever ask for. I try to pass those things onto my kids because he was so supportive of not only me but my three sisters were all great athletes in their own right. My mom, they’re still married after close to 46 years. I’ve been very, very fortunate.”
Hopefully Brady Sr. taught his son how to win his fifth Super Bowl in seven tries, which would cause glorious pandamonium on the podium.