What Patrice Bergeron learned from two decades of watching Tom Brady

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“His will to win was only the best I have seen and witnessed.”

Matt Slocum

Patrice Bergeron, 36, is in the final days of the eight-year contract extension he signed in July 2013.

As with many modern-day athletes, watching Tom Brady win the Super Bowls has been a part of Brown’s center Patrice Bergeron’s life since before he became a professional athlete.

“It’s funny because when I was 16, I played dwarf triple-A at home, I think it was the year [the Patriots] won their first Super Bowl with that field goal, [Adam] Vinatieri. It was a last-second thing and I think they were some kind of wild card to win it, Bergeron said in a video call Tuesday.

Now that Brady is officially hanging his blocks after weeks of speculation, Bergeron, like the rest of the sports world, is getting ready for a new world: one without Brady at the top of the NFL year after year.

But even all those years later, the Bruins star still remembers what it meant for Bergeron and his junior team, Seminaire St-Francois Blizzard in Quebec City, to see the all-time great quarterback win his first Super Bowl title.

“For us at home, we used it a little to our advantage as motivation to push ourselves to be our best. We were also in our playoff series and we were the underdog. We used a little bit of that sequence or that game to give us a little motivation. . “

Two years later, Bergeron joined the Bruins for his 2003 rookie season, just in time to see Brady and New England win their third title in four years, triggering the first of their two dynasties.

Since then, Bergeron’s team has won three Eastern Conference titles and brought Boston its first Stanley Cup in nearly 40 years during the 2010-11 season. Meanwhile, the Brady’s Patriots won nine conference titles and six Super Bowls.

Much of it had to do with the legendary quarterback, who the Bruins’ mainstay on Tuesday praised as inspiration.

“His competitiveness, first and foremost,” Bergeron said of what stood out to him about Brady. “The way he approached the game, the way he competed and wanted to win – his willingness to win was only the best I’ve seen and witnessed. It was a pleasure to watch for 22 years, it seems. “Fantastic career and a well-deserved retirement.”

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