Ross Kelly, CBS Local Sports

Four Super Bowls. Three Super Bowl MVPs. 10x Pro Bowler. 2 NFL MVPs. Supermodel wife…Still not enough.

Tom Brady’s resume is, arguably, the greatest in NFL history. Yet, even with all of his accomplishments and awards, he still works and prepares like the 6th round draft pick he was instead of the G.O.A.T. which many think he is.

Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post recently wrote a great piece on Brady and specifically his commitment to his craft and his innate drive. Among the notes in the article is what former Patriots’ GM Scott Pioli said about Brady’s work ethic. Pioli, who was with Brady for the first 9 years of his career, said Brady often came back to the Patriots’ complex at 11:30 pm to get some extra film study in. Pioli even said that security guards would call him in the middle of the night saying that Brady was trying to get into the building for extra work.

Pioli left the Patriots after the 2008 season but Brady’s drive never waned. During this time he had a couple of kids and married Gisele which prompted him to shift part of his film study from the Patriots’ complex to his own home. According to Jenkins, Gisele once told owner Robert Kraft that she has woken up at 3:30 am to find her husband studying film.

In other words: He chose to leave a supermodel in bed in order to locate the mike linebacker on film.

If that’s not dedication, then I don’t know what is. The time that Brady is putting in off the field is certainly paying off on it as his team is 8-0, Brady leads the league in touchdowns and passer rating, and he’s on pace to throw for the most yards in a season in his career.

With the way he’s playing, maybe Gisele will have a lot of lonely nights for another 10 years.

Ross Kelly is an Associated Producer for CBS Local Sports. He is from Louisiana and is a fan of all sports, but not of any teams (except LSU). He can be reached at ross.kelly@cbs.com.

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