The most emotional moment from Super Bowl LI: Tom Brady wins it for Mom

The New England Patriots vs. the Atlanta Falcons was a game full of surprising moments, followed by one very powerful Brady family moment with Galynn, Gisele, and his kids.

Tom Brady celebrates with his wife Gisele Bundchen and their daughter Vivian Brady during Super Bowl on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Kevin C. Cox | Getty Images | AFP

If you watched the first half of the big football game last night, you probably thought the Atlanta Falcons, who were leading with 21 points to just 3, were going to win. But Tom Brady, now truly known as the comeback quarterback, turned things around for the Patriots in the fourth quarter of the game, and with one surprising play after another, he lead his team to one of the most unexpected victories in football history.

There are many reasonsincluding last year’s loss to the Broncos, his suspension earlier in this season, and the challenge to break yet another historic record and win the most Super Bowls of all-time (five)that this victory was a particularly sweet one for Brady, but, as the red and blue confetti showered the Texas field last night, no reason seemed quite as important to the legendary quarterback as this one: his family. In fact, with countless cameras and microphones shoved in his face, it was one of the first things Brady said in his on-field post-game interview: simply that he wanted to share this momentous feeling with his loved ones.

HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 05: Galynn Brady, mother of Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots, celebrates after the Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Galynn Brady, mother of Tom Brady, celebrates after the Patriots defeat the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Kevin C. Cox | Getty Images | AFP

Soon after the tears began to flow freely down his cheeks, Tom Brady bee-lined for his mother, Galynn Patricia Brady, who has been ill and undergoing chemo, but was there in the crowd to support her son, and hugged her tightly. Before the game, winning this Super Bowl was something Brady had wanted to do for his mom, according to the owner of the team, Robert Kraft, who told NESN reporters:

“I spoke to [Brady] in the locker room before the game, and I said, ‘We gotta win this one for your mom,’ because I know how important his mom is … She’s been going through chemotherapy and radiation, and this is the first game she’s been to. She came here, and I just saw her, and it was really cool.”

Here he is kissing his mother on picture day, before the big day:

Sandwich kiss for Mom at Picture Day!!! Go Pats!!!!

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Of course, Brady’s mother wasn’t the only family member who shared in Tom Brady’s joy. He hugged and bowed heads with his on-field family: the players and coach Bill Belichik. Before they could hug on field, cameras swung to Gisele in the crowd, jumping up and down and going crazy with happiness for her husband’s success. This video below gives you some idea of her enthusiastic response:

Moments later, she found him on the field and give him a loving smooch in celebration.

And once Brady’s children were on the field, there were few moments where he let go of their hands. (The two kids even stayed with him during the closing ceremony, and played with confetti behind Brady, as he gave a short speech with the trophy in hand.) Because no matter what successes we have in lifewhether it’s winning more Super Bowl rings or getting that long-awaited recognition at workthere’s little meaning to it without your family. The people who have been there to support you in the bad times as well as the good. The people who feel your joy with you, and then amplify it, because you love them, and you know you are loved by them, too.

Oh yes, say what you want about rings and trophies, but there’s no moment sweeter than that.

Natalie van der Meer
Natalie van der Meer

Senior Editor Natalie van der Meer is a former editor for Redbook, Woman’s Day, Reader’s Digest and Allure, covering fashion, beauty, travel, family, book reviews, and much more. She lives in New York City.

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