Though still an active player, you have to expect that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is one day going to make it to Canton, Ohio for an induction ceremony into that city’s Hall of Fame.
After warming the bench for most of the 2000 season (he threw three passes for a total of six yards), Brady got his chance in 2001 when starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe was injured in an early-season game against the New York Jets. By the end of that season, Brady had led his team to a Super Bowl victory, which earned him the first of two Super Bowl MVPs.
In 2007, Brady and the Patriots concluded a 16-0 season, a winning streak that was only snapped in a 17-14 loss to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. Brady was injured for all but the first few minutes of the 2008 season, but in 2009 he has made his Patriots a contender once again.
Like Joe Namath, Brady’s exploits off the field have often commanded as much attention as his play. For example, his recent marriage to supermodel Gisele Bündchen kept the tabloids busy for months.
But fans will hang onto his 2000 Upper Deck and Leaf rookie football cards and collect his signed Playoff Contenders card from the same year because of his Sportsman of the Year awards in 2004 and 2007 and his Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Award in 2007—the last football player to win that honor was Brady’s idol, Joe Montana.
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Where are the Tom Brady doubters now?Boston Globe, December 5th
Human decency is in decline. Civil discourse between opposing parties is in decline. The quality of airline travel is definitely in decline. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is not in decline. He never was. That was a figment of the football imagination...Read more
Giants QB Eli Manning avoids any Tom Brady-like outbursts even in frustrating ...The Star-Ledger - NJ.com, December 5th
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been seen numerous times this year on the field and sideline visibly upset with teammates (mostly his young receivers). He admitted he needs to improve his body language. Despite the Giants' struggles, Manning has ...Read more
Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski give Patriots top offenseNFL.com, December 4th
It's no coincidence that Brady's season turned around once Gronkowski returned to the lineup. As we pointed out in June, Brady was essentially Aaron Rodgers when Gronk was on the field last season, and Andy Dalton when the All-Pro tight end was ...Read more
Measuring the Impact of Rob Gronkowski on Tom Brady, Patriots OffenseBleacher Report, December 4th
Tom Brady is the most important player on the Patriots offense, but Rob Gronkowski is giving him a run for his money. Few would admit that the absence of the tight end was the true source of the Patriots' offensive woes, but after six games back in...Read more
Tom Brady pics cost 2 men their jobsESPN, December 3rd
Two security guards were fired for having their pictures taken with quarterback Tom Brady after the Houston Texans' loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday at Reliant Stadium in Houston. One of the men, Joel Williams, who worked part-time at the ...Read more
Tom Brady moves on from commentsESPN, December 2nd
Asked to respond to Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith's comments that he was "very suspicious" of the New England Patriots' offensive adjustments for Week 13, quarterback Tom Brady brushed off the remarks...Read more
Patriots finding ways for Tom Brady to thriveBoston Globe, December 1st
HOUSTON — Tom Brady is going to be the talk of New England and possibly the football nation again after another brilliant performance and another comeback in the Patriots' 34-31 victory over the Texans Sunday. And we'll get to him in a minute...Read more
Tom Brady bails out defenseBoston Globe, December 1st
So quarterback Tom Brady did what he does best, stepping out of the phone booth to save the day for the Patriots once again in their 34-31, come-from-behind victory. Brady didn't do it by himself, of course. Rob Gronkowski was an animal once again, ...Read more