So many guys are so conservative with their hair, and I always joke with all my buddies when they mess with me, and I'll say, 'That's right, keep the same haircut for ten years.' How fun is that?
I always try to do as much as I can do. I'm never a person that does not enough, because I'd regret not doing enough and think I probably could have done more. I probably go too far and have to reel myself back in, which works in some things, and other things it doesn't work.
The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win.
A lot of times I find that people who are blessed with the most talent don't ever develop that attitude, and the ones who aren't blessed in that way are the most competitive and have the biggest heart.
I'm a pretty good winner. I'm a terrible loser. And I rub it in pretty good when I win.
Football is unconditional love.
I don't think any country is perfect. It's our responsibility to do the best we can do to change the things we don't like. I think that's part of social responsibility, and everybody is going to do that in their own way.
Sometimes, getting up in the morning and brushing your teeth is the hardest part of the day - it all just hurts.
I could talk food all day. I love good food.
Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.
We all have experiences in our lives that change us, and we all learn from people, like my dad, but at the end of the day, it's only us. And we're only responsible to make ourselves happy.
I'm a pretty casual dresser. At home, it's probably whatever is functional to relax in, whether it's a pair of sweats or a pair of jeans.
I was the kid that was the 199th pick that never had the body for it. People didn't think I'd play one year in the NFL, and now I'm going on my 17th year.
All I do is work out. Oh my God! Half my life is spent in a gym somewhere, sweating.
My sisters like cooking at my place. It has a bit more room, and the food tastes a little bit better. A big pot of spaghetti and sauce, some warm French bread - works all the time. I think I've been eating pasta for 26 years.
Who's my hero? That's a great question... Well, I think my dad is my hero, because he's someone I look up to every day.
There's nothing more comfortable or leisurely than having a pair of Ugg slippers on in the house.
All parents are concerned about their children's well-being. As a parent of three kids, I'm very concerned about their well-being.
I have a memory, and I can just eliminate mistakes when they come up because I've already made them.
To me, football is so much about mental toughness, it's digging deep, it's doing whatever you need to do to help a team win and that comes in a lot of shapes and forms.
If I feel anxious every time someone is staring at me, well, I can't control what they stare at, but my reaction is, I'm just not going to go outside the house. I'm going to stay in and chill. And when I do go out, I understand what comes along with that.
Mentally, the only players who survive in the pros are the ones able to manage all their responsibilities. Everybody struggles in different ways.
Maybe some people can wake up and play PlayStation all day, but that's never been me.
You have to believe in your process. You have to believe in the things that you are doing to help the team win. I think you have to take the good with the bad.
I think the great part about what I do is that there's a scoreboard. At the end of every week, you know how you did. You know how well you prepared. You know whether you executed your game plan. There's a tangible score.
I think my style is probably more of a classic look.
Every quarterback can throw a ball; every running back can run; every receiver is fast; but that mental toughness that you talk about translates into competitiveness.
I firmly believe that sleep and recovery are critical aspects of an effective and holistic training program.
When I'm out on the football field, I have so much confidence in what I'm doing.
My job is to play quarterback, and I'm going to do that the best way I know how, because I owe that to my teammates regardless of who is out there on the field with me.
If someone lies, well, you had a choice to trust that person or not. I think the way my father raised me, well, he trusted everybody. And that worked for him.
I try to not eat as much sugar, but it's so hard in our American diet to do that... It's hard to completely avoid.
After the first day of practice, there's not one guy who's playing at 100 percent or who feels great. Sometimes, getting up in the morning and brushing your teeth is the hardest part of the day - it just hurts.
It's a representation of yourself, and you can express a lot of your creativity with what your wearing.
I'm not a person who defends myself very often. I kind of let my actions speak for me.
I have hobbies. I like being active. I like to surf a lot, play a little bit of golf.
There's not much time to unwind, but you know what, it's because I love what I do. I look forward to the season. I look forward to playing games. It doesn't ever feel like work.
Every man should know, if you're comfortable and you like it, you should do it. Everyone always worries about what the girls think, what the guys think. If you like it, do it.
I don't want to wake up and be bored. That's probably my greatest fear is to have nothing to do. What better job is there than to play quarterback for an NFL team, and certainly one that I've been on for a long time and had success with? I don't plan on giving it up any time soon.
The only thing I ever wanted to be was a professional football player.
Every action has a consequence. It may be good for strengthening. And I have no doubt that lifting a lot of weights can get you stronger. I just don't know if lifting stronger weights can keep you healthy, or it can keep you doing your job better, especially for a pro athlete.
I really love training and being in good shape, and it's so much a part of my life now, so it never really feels like work to me.
As for hobbies, I don't really read or watch TV.
You need to think outside the box. You need to think differently if you want to sustain what, for me, is my peak performance: the very best that I can achieve as an athlete every day.
During the season, most of my time to unwind is in my car ride home. When I get home, it's being with my kids.
I've had just about everything punched. I've had things grabbed that just shouldn't be grapped.
I think style is being so comfortable and confident in what you're wearing. That's what style is, 'cause everybody's got different style.
I play a complicated position in an intensely team-oriented game.
I think the running game is very important to every offense. Being balanced is extremely important. There's times where you have to throw the ball. You could be down late in the game, you need to come back; you have to be able to pass it when they know you're passing it.
You never get over losses. I've never gotten over one loss I've had in my career. They always stick with me.
Man, wear your seat belts. That's all I can tell everybody. You never know.
I see so many guys, really athletic guys, wearing pleats and I just shake my head. Like, Tiger Woods used to wear pleated pants! I'm like, 'C'mon, Tiger!'
Nothing surprises me anymore in the NFL.
I think that at the start of a game, you're always playing to win, and then maybe if you're ahead late in the game, you start playing not to lose. The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win.
I'm much more comfortable and confident running out on the field in front of 70,000 people instead of standing in front of a camera trying to say some lines. The people who do that as a profession are very talented because it's certainly not easy.
Life is not living in the suburbs with a white picket fence. That's not life. Somehow our American culture has made it out that that's what life needs to be - and that if it's not that, it's all screwed up. It's not.
When you have two busy kids running around the house, returning e-mails is a task, let alone surfing the web.
I'm never going to be fast, and nobody will ever mistake me for being fast.
Men always want and love when women wear tight and fitted clothing, right? And you're like, 'Wow, she looks so beautiful.' And then you have men who dress like slobs, and you're like, 'What's the deal with these big and baggy suits.' It's pretty ridiculous.
I'm not a very creative person, you know? I'm not really an art person. I'm not a great reader or writer or artist or musician.
Proper sleep has helped me get to where I am today as an athlete, and it is something that I continue to rely on every day.
My personal feelings are my personal feelings. I don't want to express them with anyone except for a very few people. It doesn't do any good. It really doesn't.
If you're a quarterback, you want everything on your shoulders. You want to be the one to make the decisions.
To me, if you're trying to impress a girl, get a date, they're gonna like that more because you're a confident guy. That's what it comes down to.
If I have something to say, I want it to be meaningful.
I'm attracted to women who are smart and funny and ambitious and have lives of their own and great families. Isn't that what attracts anyone?
I'm an emotional person. Sometimes I can't help it.
My wife doesn't let anyone wear shoes in our house, so we have a bench, and under the bench is all UGGs slippers.
I think I have a certain respect for people, you know. And I guess a lot of times I expect that respect to go both ways.
The biggest issue is muscle pliability. That's what I think the biggest secret to me is. What is muscle pliability? Muscle pliability is keeping your muscles long and soft.
WIth football you can have up to 28 guys you consider starters, and if they can pick up the slack when some aren't playing so well, you don't have to turn those two game losing streaks into six-game losing streaks.
I just love working hard. I love being part of a team; I love working toward a common goal.
I don't want to say anything negative about anybody or anything or anybody's political beliefs. I've never done that. I've never tried to get involved in those things.
I like to have fun all the time, even if I'm working.
I never had any coffee or anything like that. I just never tried it.
I think I've really stepped outside the box in the way I try to train, eat, hydrate, the cognitive brain games I play on a daily or weekly basis to try to build up some durability within my body, within my brain, to be able to go out there and play at a high level at age 38.
I don't really care how the Patriots are perceived, truthfully. I really don't. I really don't. Look, if you're a fan of our team, you root for us, you believe in our team, and you believe in what we're trying to accomplish. If you're not a fan of us, you have a different opinion.
For people who may think they know, or have snippets of who I am, you can attack that person. That's part of being a public figure.
Sleep is all about recovering. So if you're not sleeping, you're not recovering. And if you're going to break your body down a lot, you better find ways to build it back up. And the only way to do that is get a lot of sleep. So for me, I go to bed at like 8:30, 9:00. As soon as I put my kids to bed. Because I'm up at 5:30 the next day.
People want to go out and travel around and meet cool people. I could just go live in Vermont, but is that what I really want?
I try to encourage all my teammates, and I sure hope that some day all athletes - my kids, high school kids - get the same level of care I get. Because you can play for a long period of time without having knee replacements, without having all the major head trauma that people are dealing with.
It's a frustrating game because the situations so drastically change at different times over the course of the week, the game, the season. It feels like brain surgery at times.
In Boston, they love their sports celebrities. And it's great.
I have more suits than days of the year that I get to wear them.
I've never eaten a strawberry in my life. I have no desire to do that.
I think any man who lets a woman pick what he should wear... I mean, you gotta draw the line somewhere as a man. I see these guys, 'My wife told me to wear this!' And I just shake my head.
The last person I have ever criticized is an official. They have a tough job to do. Things are happening so quick.
I'm not really concerned with portraying this tough warrior - I mean, that's part of my job and I take that very seriously. But I don't have anything to hide, and I'm not concerned with what people think.
I like Tom Ford a lot because it's so classic and has great quality. I wear a lot of Rag & Bone.
I am excited to partner with Under Armour to bring game-changing sleepwear, with the same bioceramics technology I use, to athletes all around the world.
Fortunately for a quarterback, you can play for a long time because you don't get hit very often.
You know, watching Dan Marino and Steve Young get nominated to the Hall of Fame... those guys are unbelievable and they did it for so long. I'd love to play like those guys, but there's still a long way to go and a lot of growing.
Probably my first couple years in the league, I started paying more attention to what I was wearing. Once I got a few bucks in my pocket and I could afford some nice things, and you get to go, 'OK, let's try some of these things.' And once you try something you like, you probably don't change it much.
I really focus on my jeans and sweaters for them to fit really well. There was a time that wasn't the case.
Believe me, I'm much easier to be around when we win than when we lose.
I think hygiene is so important.
I would love to encourage all my teammates to eat the best way they possibly can. High school athletes. Now, that's not the way our food system in America is set up. It's very different. They have a food pyramid, and I disagree with that. I disagree with a lot of things that people tell you to do.
There are times when you throw an interception and you're beating yourself up.
When you're one of the leaders of the team, there are no days off.
As a part of the NFL, things change every year.