Losing Super Bowl LII to the Philadelphia Eagles was a tough loss for Tom Brady, but the Patriots quarterback is turning those soul lemons into lemonade by using the game as an opportunity to teach his three children about losing. In an interview clip from the final episode of Tom vs Time – a documentary series that chronicles the day-to-day life of the aging Brady – TB12 explains how he’s never seen his kids react to a loss that way.
“You know, Benny was crying, Vivi was crying and they were sad for me and sad for the Patriots,” said Brady. “But I just said to them, ‘Look, you guys, this is a great lesson. We don’t always win. We try our best and sometimes it doesn’t go the way we want.'”
It’s even better that Brady is using this particular experience to teach his kids about losing simply because he performed so damn well against the Eagles. During the Super Bowl, Brady threw for 505 yards, besting the previous record…which he held from last year’s Super Bowl (466 yards against the Atlanta Falcons). Despite his best efforts, the Pats still lost, which is a valuable lesson for his kids: even if everything goes right, someone else might still be better than you, and that’s ok.
Still, Brady didn’t pretend that the loss was easy to take. “You play those games to have the chance to win the Super Bowl,” said Brady in a trailer for the final episode of the series. “And when you don’t come through, it’s very painful, but football’s the blink of an eye.”
The final episode of Tom vs. Time will air on Monday.