Tom Brady
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots after he defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 to win the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium Jan. 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Getty Images

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady couldn’t hold back tears after he was asked to name his hero. Brady picked his father, Tom Brady, Sr.

“Many people think you're their hero, but who's your hero?” 7-year-old Joseph Perez asked during a press conference Monday, according to Yahoo Sports.

“Who's my hero? That's a great question,” Brady, 39, said. “Well, I think my dad is my hero because he's someone that I look up to every day.”

Brady’s father entered the conversation when a reporter asked how Tom Brady Sr., influenced the way the quarterback raises his three children. He has a son and daughter with wife Gisele Bündchen and a son from a previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.

“He was just a great example for me and he was always someone that supported me in everything that I did, to come home at night and to bring me out and hit me ground balls and fly balls. I loved baseball growing up and to have a chance to go to 49 games on the weekend with him and my mom and throw the ball in the parking lot at the games,” the father-of-three explained. “Those are memories that I'll have forever, so you want to try to instill those in your kids, too.”

Earlier in the day, Brady gushed about his father during a radio interview. “I love my dad,” the NFL star said. “My dad has been my best friend my entire life, so he’s always been my No. 1 supporter. Hopefully he’s there at the game cheering me on. He’s a great man and I love him to death. He’s taught me everything about life and certainly how to be a father because he’s been the best one that a son’s ever asked for. I try to pass those things onto my kids.”

The New England Patriots are slated to take on the Atlanta Falcons for Super Bowl 51 Sunday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

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