By Press Association Sport Staff
Published: 17:37 GMT, 1 February 2019 | Updated: 17:37 GMT, 1 February 2019
Tom Brady acknowledged he has been 'beyond blessed' in his glittering career as he prepares to contest his ninth Super Bowl with the New England Patriots this weekend.
Under the axis of their star quarterback and head coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots have established an era of dominance since the turn of the century with five Super Bowl triumphs and nine AFC Championship titles.
Standing in the way of Brady becoming the first player to capture six Super Bowl rings exclusively as a player are the Los Angeles Rams at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Tom Brady acknowledged he has been 'beyond blessed' during his stunning career
It was against the Rams - then based in St Louis - in the 2001 season that the then unheralded Brady first got his hands on the Vince Lombardi Trophy and what has followed since has exceeded his wildest fantasies.
The 41-year-old said at his final press conference broadcast