“For your mom, bro,” were the words New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman told quarterback Tom Brady during the team's historic comeback in Super Bowl LI. Brady's mother Gaylinn had been undergoing cancer treatment for the past few months and was in the stands alongside her family to witness the Patriots' 34-28 victory; the first time all season she was able to make it to a game.
On Sunday morning, Gaylinn and her husband Tom Sr. recapped the journey to the Super Bowl as well as the experience at the game in an emotional interview with NFL Network's Andrea Kramer. “I just wanted to be there for Tommy and I wanted to be there with our family,” Gaylinn told Kramer during the segment. “Everybody was going to the Super Bowl and I didn't want to miss that.”
Tom Brady's partents furthermore talked about the initial stage two breast cancer diagnosis, how their schedule suddenly revolved around Thursday's treatments and Sunday's Patriots games, and how the five-month therapy would end two weeks prior to the Super Bowl. As Brady Sr. noted in the interview, his son told his mother that “[she]'ll be ready for the Super Bowl” during the regular season.
Indeed Gaylinn, who has been diagnosed as cancer-free since, was able to travel to the Super Bowl. The months-long journey that preceeded it, however, was a tough and emotional one. Click here to hear Brady's parents talk about it.