At 36 years old, Tom Brady is a three-time Super Bowl Champion, a two-time NFL MVP, has been named to nine Pro Bowls, and has all the individual accolades to be a likely Hall of Famer.

But what the quarterback doesn’t have, as he sits on the high side of 35, is an elusive fourth Super Bowl ring that would put him in company with just two other quarterbacks in NFL history: Terry Bradshaw and Brady’s childhood idol, Joe Montana.

“The difference at this point in my career is just there is only one thing that matters when you start the season,” Brady said Monday during his final weekly appearance of the season on WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan” program. “Sometimes when you’re younger the personal accolades mean a little bit more; guys work really hard to get significant contracts and so forth.

“I’ve been really fortunate to have both of those things over the years to the point where now there’s only one goal, and that’s to win a championship, and we just fell short.”


With their 26-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game, it has now been almost a full decade since Brady and the Patriots hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. This is the fifth time since that day that the Patriots have made it to the NFL’s “Final Four.”