"I have a job to do," Brady said during an appearance on The Greg Hill Show this week. "My job, its very important to me. I want us to do as best we possibly can each week, like I always have. Everybody puts a lot into it and you want to see a great performance. When its less than that I dont know what I should feel other than what is authentic to me and what is authentic to my own personal feelings and beliefs about how we should be performing and what we need to do in order to do better."

That unwavering focus has helped Brady consistently perform to the absolute highest standards, securing the kind of career stats that cement his status as the Greatest of All Time . And he holds his teammates to those standards too, doing whatever it takes to ensure a great game even padding the centers' pants with towels to avoid "swamp ass" during critical passes.

Brady's former teammate Rob Gronkowski , who retired from the NFL this year , has repeatedly praised the quarterback's dedication and says he learned a lot from him, but also admits that such single-mindedness became frustrating (at one point, Brady took over Gronkowski's diet and training program ).

"Thats the one part I dont miss about being there," Gronk said during the Fox pregame show ahead of the Patriots' 10-1 victory against the Dallas Cowboys this week. "Hands down. Im not going to lie. I dont miss that."