So the Patriots season ended two weeks sooner than they would have liked this year. For some of the players, that probably wasn’t a big deal. Just like Little League All-Stars during a 12-year-old’s summer, an early playoff exit just leads to fun in the sun after the initial sting wears off.
For some of the older, more veteran players, the loss to the Broncos stung a bit more. A guy like Tom Brady is desperate to hoist at least one more Lombardi Trophy before he hangs up his cleats for good. He knows that next year he’ll be a little older, making it just a little more difficult to win that elusive fourth ring. Plus he’ll have to do it without the protection of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, who retired last week after 30 seasons with the organization.
So how does Brady cope with yet another playoff disappointment?
He doesn’t go to the Pro Bowl.
Maybe it’s due to the ligament damage in his throwing hand that he was playing through this season. More likely he just needed to distance himself from football after another long, grinding NFL season. It’s just the Pro Bowl anyways. Not like anyone is going to miss him too much.
Instead of making the trip to Hawaii with teammates Stephen Gostkowski (who replaced Denver kicker Matt Prater in the game), Logan Mankins, and Matthew Slater,* Brady opted to spend some time in the Bahamas instead.
He left his Patriots family behind to spend some quality time with his “other” family: wife Gisele and their two children, Benjamin and Vivian.
With Brady’s relentless work ethic, we all know he’ll be back in the film room and the weight room soon enough. For now, he has certainly deserved some R&R with his supermodel wife in the tropics.
*Aqib Talib also sat out due to an injured knee, sustained on the infamous hit from Wes Welker in the AFC Championship Game.