Tom Brady was not considered a starter at the University of Michigan. He had a horrible combine and was not considered a starter in the eyes of any NFL team. He was picked up by the Patriots, almost out of curiosity. Belichick liked Brady, but despite having a better training camp and preseason than Bledsoe, Bill went with the veteran. No one thought that Brady would be more than a backup. But Brady knew his potential.
Brady is on record telling Bob Kraft that he is the best decision the Patriots have ever made. He also told his former teammate that he would beat out Bledsoe for the starting job. Which, in retrospect, he eventually did. He has had a chip on his shoulders for years and continues to do so.
Brady has lead his team to five Super Bowls, tied with the most in NFL history with John Elway, and last year he went to the Super Bowl with the worst defense in the NFL. He has broken all kinds of regular season records, playoff records, winning records, and is the only quarterback ever to go 16-0 in the regular season. So, if Brady is not the superstar of New England, who is? No team makes it to five Championships, in any sport, without a Superstar.
Many sports fans say Brady is overrated because he is a “system quarterback.” They say that Matt Cassel’s 11-5 record with the Patriots proves it. But, let’s face it, if Brady stayed healthy that year, the Pats may have won a Super Bowl. He would have had Welker, Moss, Green-Ellis, Rodney Harrison, Teddy Bruschi, Kevin Faulk, Maroney, and Richard Seymour. This mix of young and old, and a completely healthy Brady, would have won near fourteen games and had a possible Super Bowl victory. Every opponent in the NFL fears Brady.
It may be impossible for Brady to ever be overrated. He was drafted in the sixth round and is now a guaranteed hall of famer. There are only five teams that would not start Brady today. The Lions with Stafford, Denver with Manning, the Giants with Eli, New Orleans with Brees, and the Packers with Rodgers. Every other team would start Brady if he was on their roster.
The only way critics will ever give Brady props is if he goes to another team and wins a Super Bowl. But it makes me glad that this chip will always be on his shoulder. It gives him a cocky advantage no one else can match. So in five years, when Brady has two more rings, I hope critics continue to call him overrated. That just means another Super Bowl trip is near.
About the Author
Written by Adam Sharp
I have always loved The Pats and I have always loved writing.