Brady welcomes baby boy
Since becoming a Patriot, Tom Brady's always displayed an impeccable sense of timing. And with the birth of his son, he proved capable of it off the field as well.
The arrival of the child yesterday should allow Brady time to get to Charlotte in time for Friday night's game against the Panthers, the third and most important one on the preseason slate.
With the regular season looming, the possibility seemed to exist of a conflict arising in Brady being there to welcome his son into the world.
When asked on Monday whether he'd be present for the birth in Los Angeles, Brady responded, "I hope so. Like I said, I'm sure when it happens it's a matter of scheduling with what's going on with the team."
Patriots coach Bill Belichick added that morning that he'd like to keep personal issues private, and would make all his decisions based on the situation at hand.
"Those are all talked about and dealt with on an individual basis," Belichick said. "It doesn't matter who the player is. There are plenty that have come up through the course of the year. I'll deal with them like I do all of them."
The decision, it seems, was eased by where the Patriots are in there preparations for the season.
The prospect of missing a regular season game - the Patriots open Sept. 9 at the Jets - could have made it difficult for Brady to be there with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynihan for the birth. In this case, the quarterback won't even have to miss Friday's preseason game.
"I'm sure when it happens," Brady said Monday, "it (will be) a matter of scheduling with what's going on with the team."