Brady emotionally tells why his dad is his hero

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had to take a pause to keep his bearing when responding to a question about his personal hero.

Brady grew up in the San Francisco area admiring former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana.

With a chance to break a tie with Montana and former Pittsburgh Steeler Terry Bradshaw for most Super Bowls won by a quarterback, the Patriots star was asked Monday who his hero is.

Brady got emotional during the Super Bowl Opening Night and had to pause to keep his bearing responding to the question after he immediately responded with: "My dad is my hero."

"He's the person I look up to every day," Brady continued before a long pause. "My dad."

Tom Brady Sr. has been very critical of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and, while Tom Jr. would not address his father's criticism, he said his "dad represents his feelings".

"He's a dad and, you know, I'm a dad and, um," Brady added before having to again pause for composure. "So, yeah..."