That's Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watching as some of Boston's finest battle a 9-alarm blaze in the city's Back Bay area.  Ultimately, the fire took the lives of two Boston firefighters, Michael Kennedy and Edward Walsh.  Many other firefighters and police officers were also injured in the battle. 

Brady and his family live about four doors down from where the fire took place so he had a front row seat to the tragedy.  I know there's no love here in Baltimore for Tom Brady, but he has really stepped it up and shown so much respect and love for the first-responders who put their lives on the line everyday.

Brady appeared on a local Boston sports radio show this morning.  Below is a snippet of what he said.  Say what you want about the guy, but this is a sign of absolute class.

“I can’t express my gratitude and thanks enough to all the first-responders and the people that were there fighting that fire all night last night.  I had a firsthand view of all the action and was just blown away by the bravery and the teamwork that they really displayed. I’ve lived in the Back Bay for a long time, and that was one of the scarier days. I feel so badly for the families of the two firefighters that were lost. And obviously all the men that were associated with fighting that fire yesterday, losing one of their close friends.

“We as athletes think that we’re heroes, but when you witness firsthand what I saw yesterday, you realize who the real heroes are in this world, and that’s the people that work hard to protect our lives and protect our safety, our freedoms in America. Certainly the firefighters and Boston Police and the state troopers.

“I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

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