Tom Brady to Oprah: Patriots had anthem meetings

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Brady also weighed on his teammates kneeling for the anthem and what was happening in the Patriots locker room a year ago when the issue divided the nation, offering a thoughtful response about the need for empathy.

Speaking with Oprah Winfrey during an upcoming interview for a SuperSoul Sunday episode and SuperSoul Conversations podcast, the five-time Super Bowl victor shared his perspective on the kneeling controversy, saying it sparked important locker-room discussions among the New England Patriots. And you know what? "We support what people are going through". I think showing respect for everybody - in a locker room, a team full of guys trying to go in the same direction, you better have empathy for everybody. And, you know that she comes from another country, and to move to NY when she was know, we met each other under pretty trying circumstances. "I'm older, wiser", she said. "She flies in the sky, she's so creative, and I'm very rooted, so she stretches me in ways that without her, I couldn't be stretched".

You can also listen to the conversation on Oprah's podcast, Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations. So she stretches me in ways that without her I couldn't be stretched.

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"Well I think I have, you know, curiosities in many ways". "And I'm like, 'GET UP!' because he just had surgery and had three staph infections".

Bundchen married Brady in Santa Monica, Calif., in February 2009, and has since welcomed son Benjamin and daughter Vivian with the New England Patriots quarterback. "And I think since I was a kid, just loving the experience of learning new things, learning how they impact my life, learning how they impact my relationships. But we do have the values from our family that I think our moms and dads both did a great job". It's great, and it's so true.