Super Bowl LI went down as one of the biggest comebacks in the game’s history, but for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the significance of winning was compounded by a more personal matter. During the 2016 season, his mother Galynn Brady was undergoing treatment for cancer, reports NBC Sports. And Patriots owner Bob Kraft is now recognizing Galynn’s struggle and her enduring influence on Tom with a pretty significant token: a Super Bowl ring. Tom told ESPN that Kraft was supportive of the family’s ordeal and continually checked up on his mother’s health status.
“We didn’t know up until the very end whether she was going to make it to the Super Bowl,” he said. “She was a big inspiration for me, and [Kraft] knew it.” Tom added that no one knew the gesture was coming. “It was a great surprise to all of us when the ring showed up,” Tom said. “She deserves it.” Tom also took to Facebook to honor his mother, writing Sunday: “Every practice, every game, every meal, every call, every hug - for all the love that you give and every moment you make possible - thank you mom.” Per ESPN, Gallyn reportedly finished cancer treatments in April. (Read more Tom Brady stories.)