My thoughts on life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Oh, and sports too.
I don’t think I have to tell you how proud I am of this team, and of every one of you as individuals. You have stepped on the field, week in and week out, and steadily improved in all aspects of the game. This is to be commended, considering the valuable members of our team that have been unable to play in a number of games this year. That being said, we never made excuses about those injuries, and the players who have stepped in have done progressively better as the season moved forward. Those improvements have led us to 10 consecutive victories, a trip to our 5th Superbowl in 11 seasons, and an opportunity to put all that we have learned this year to the ultimate test, in the single most important game you will ever play.
Now, in the other locker room is a team that has had their own set of adversities this year. With 2 games to go, the playoffs began for the Giants. They have played 5 consecutive win or go home games. 3 of them on the road. We have played 2. Both at home. They have been handling pressure since Christmas. Their defensive front is relentless, and their quarterback is playing as well as he has ever played. The debate about Eli Manning being an elite QB is over. HE IS ELITE! Get that in your head right now. If you walk out on that field thinking otherwise, than we’re going to be in big trouble. Additionally, they have an outstanding head coach. Tom Coughlin has one of the greatest football minds this league has ever seen. He took the Jaguars to 2 AFC Championship games, and he has the Giants in their 2nd Superbowl in 4 years. Make no mistake about it, this is a great team we’re playing, and they came here to win.
But we’re not going to let that happen. We are going to go out on that field for 4 quarters and DO OUR JOB. Plain and simple. Not because we want revenge for our week 8 loss. Not because we lost the Superbowl to them, 4 years ago. We are going to go out on that field, play Patriots football, and win this game for one reason, and one reason only. MYRA KRAFT AND THE KRAFT FAMILY!!!!!!! I don’t care about personal accomplishments. How many rings I have. How many rings Tom has. The legacy of this team. Our place in history. Dynasties. I don’t give a damn about any of that. My only concern is this game. This Championship. This trophy. In my entire career I have never wanted to win a game more than I do this one, and that’s because of the Kraft family. The loss of Myra Kraft was a huge blow to the Patriots family and I’ll be damned if we’ve come this far to let it slip away. I would give up every single accomplishment I have EVER had to be able to deliver this Championship to Bob Kraft and the Kraft family, and I know you all feel the same way. She touched us all differently but in the end, she meant something to all of us. I can’t think of a better way to honor her memory than to walk out of the tunnel tonight, play every play like it’s your last, leave it all out on the field, and BRING THAT TROPHY BACK TO NEW ENGLAND, WHERE IT BELONGS!!!!!!!!