FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 04: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talks with the media during a press conference after the AFC Wild Card Playoff game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

I love this story!  “He’s got rings and records, but Tom Brady’s most lasting legacy might simply be his decency as a parent and a person.”

Brookline resident Tova Katz wrote a heartfelt “thank you” blog post to Tom Brady that will make you smile!  Not that I’m surprised that Tom Brady is the guy that Tova is describing with first-hand knowledge.  Tova talks about their sons playing hockey and baseball together in Brookline and how Tom was just like any other dad.

“For multiple seasons, our sons played hockey together on the Brookline youth hockey team. Like all the other parents, you brought Benny up the hill to the outdoor Larz Anderson rink and waited outside in the wind and biting cold, standing on the snowy practice ice, as the kids skated under the stars.

After practice, you lined up with other parents to bring a bumper to the storage shed — just another hockey dad there to help. I remember a Sunday night hockey game in late January, just hours before the Pats boarded buses to fly out to Houston for Super Bowl LI. You were there, like any parent grabbing some last-minute quality time with your son before the demands of the workweek crept in on Monday.

When our sons played on the same Little League team a few months later, there you were again, casually watching on the grass with your dog, no security, no big fuss. Simply being a dad. While the adults didn’t bother you, I noticed that you never left the kids hanging. If a kid approached you, they got the mega-watt Brady smile and a ‘How ya doin?'”

Definitely read her whole post.  Just click the link at the end of this story.

In closing Tova wrote, “So, Tom, whatever the future brings, please know that what you have here in New England is more than legions of dedicated fans and admirers, but an entire generation of parents who raised children in parallel to you and feel blessed to be able to hold you up to their kids as a role model of decency, resilience, persistence, and kindness.

Decades from now, when my grandkids ask me about what it was like to live through the era of the great Tom Brady, I’m not going to tell them about passing records and rings.

I’m going to tell them about the dad in a big down coat and a wool hat who stood next to me on a freezing night at Larz Anderson rink watching his kid discover the joy of sport – a joy that you, Tom, instill in so many of us grateful fans.

On behalf of the parents of New England, from the bottom of so many hearts: Thank you.”

What I Learned About Tom Brady When our Kids Played Youth Sports Together

Everyone wants to know if Tom Brady is actually a good person. They see the rings and the records, but I see a good person and a good Dad. Our kids played youth sports together for years and this is what I learned.