As a dedicated Cleveland Browns fan who used to live amongst the surrounding area of Foxboro, Massachusetts, who’s inspired his own ideas from the talks of Patriot fans, I’d like to introduce you to my perspective on a certain individual; here is my humble opinion on New England’s most decorated athlete, Tom Brady.
Tom Brady is headed to his 5th Super Bowl on Sunday, tied for the most all time by a QB alongside the career Denver Bronco, John Elway. If Brady emerges victorious, he will obtain his 4th Championship ring of a career that’s still not over. Only two other QB’s in the history of the game have achieved such a feat: Terry Bradshaw of the Steel Curtain, and upper California’s golden boy, Joe Montana.
Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback of all time?
That one is for you to decide, but yes if Brady hoists the Lombardi trophy on Sunday night, I believe TB12 carves his name as the greatest one to ever play the game. Yet, Tom’s social stigma has perplexed beyond dimensions since his days as a forgotten 6th round draft pick from the University of Michigan.
Tom Brady put his athlete status behind him, for the more luxurious life of being a world-class celebrity. Even thought many will disagree with the upcoming thoughts to be mentioned, I’ll attempt to make my point valid. Tom Brady still puts up the statistics of an MVP and I have no problem with him on the playing field (well actually, sometimes, just sometimes), just his life in the global media.
Tom Brady will always be remembered as the greatest quarterback of the modern century, and I agree. Yet, earlier this week something remarkable came about, and it could defy Brady’s logic.
Before heading to Indianapolis and boarding the bus amongst a crowd of dedicated New Englanders, Brady proclaimed, “See you all next week….”
Is Tom Brady guaranteeing a Super Bowl XLVI victory? I’m not saying he is, but have we ever seen TB12 be so confident? No, we haven’t, Brady sees the sports media as un-relevant (not the paparazzi) and this is something very un-Tom-like of him. When asked about the statement on media day, Brady goes on to say that no, he did not guarantee a victory. I question Tom’s motives in Indianapolis showing he’s a little more irritated for this one, as the Patriots (and we know it) are seeking revenge against the Big-Blue of New York.
From his premature comments this week, has Tom became over confident?
I mean, he is the only star QB of the NFL to marry a Victoria’s Secret supermodel, isn’t that just enough to over boost the confidence a tad much? Of course it is.
Have you seen Brady’s new house? Well look to the bottom. Is Drew Brees’ house published in People Magazine? Nope. How about the Manning brothers? Not a chance. Are any of their wives in the magazines at the local barber shop? Not even a thought.
Tom Brady was once caught moping around in a NEW YORK YANKEES hat, I don’t see how you Patriot fans can even forgive him. He’s from California, not New York. Plus, his adjacent team in the Northeast are the one and only, Boston Red Sox. Before 2000, I would even say the hate of the Yankees surpassed the love of the Patriots, and don’t deny it.
Tom Brady is also facing New York in the Super Bowl as we all know, a place he seemed to like in the past. You want to know why? New York is the place of current celebrities not athletes (ask Spike Lee). And remember the Giants are in New Jersey.
Tom Brady is referred to as the “King of the 4th Quarter Comeback.” Yet, his counterpart on Sunday is Eli Manning, who now holds the record for most TD passes thrown in the 4th quarter of a season. Maybe the Super Bowl is the only place where a Manning is better than Tom “Terrific” Brady.
For some more criticism, Tom Brady is a national sex symbol. Eli Manning is a national football player.
Tom Brady poses for the GQ cover, Eli Manning doesn’t even see the media after every game. (See bottom.)
Tom Brady will remain at 3 rings, while Eli climbs the ladder to 2 rings, both over Tom himself.
So on Sunday, Tom, get your Ugg boots ready. Cause’ you’re gonna need them.
About the Author
Written by Corey Rioux
A wise man once told me, "Sports are modern-day mythology." I tend to disagree. Proper grammar is optional. You can read my columns here: http://www.prosportsblogging.com/author/c_rioux23/ You can follow me on twitter at: @CoreyRioux You can contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org