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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Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen missing from Met GalaThe Boston Globe, May 2nd
But Patriots QB Tom Brady and his supermodel spouse, Gisele Bundchen, took a pass this year. Earlier Monday, Bundchen posted a picture on Instagram captioned: “Hola Cuba!” We can't say for sure what the glamazon is doing in Fidel Castro's country, but ...Read more
Brady remains undefeated against Father TimeComcast SportsNet New England, May 2nd
Remember when Jimmy Garoppolo was selected out of that football powerhouse, Eastern Illinois in the second round, 30th overall, in the 2014 draft? That was the beginning of the end for Tom Brady, remember? Then Brady and the Patriots got off to that ...Read more
Patriots RB Coach Thought Kevin Faulk's Tom Brady Tribute Was 'Fantastic'NESN.com, May 2nd
FOXBORO, Mass. — Kevin Faulk took a stand on behalf of his former quarterback this weekend, and the New England Patriots couldn't be happier. Faulk, who was Tom Brady's teammate in New England for more than a decade, showed solidarity for the ...Read more
Ring of Honor's Moose on his Patriots teammates, Belichick's coaching styleSports Illustrated, May 2nd
Count Quinn Ojinnaka among NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's detractors. “I'd love to give Goodell a spear,” said Ojinnaka, who is known in Ring of Honor as Moose. “Free Tom Brady.” The 6'5”, 300-pound former offensive lineman–who is about to ...Read more
Kevin Faulk stands by former Patriots teammate Tom BradyBoston Herald, April 30th
When Tom Brady was in trouble, or needed to make a play during the Patriots' early Super Bowl runs, Kevin Faulk usually was the one to make it happen. He was one of Brady's most trusted outlets. And now, even in retirement, Faulk, one of the best in...Read more
Patriots' Robert Kraft: Have always had, and will continue to have, Tom Brady ...ESPN (blog), April 29th
"Number one, there is no finer ambassador for the game of football, and the New England Patriots, than Tom Brady. We always have had, and will continue to have, Tom's back. Especially when he's being treated unfairly. He knows that. All the decisions...Read more
NFL Wins Appeal, and Tom Brady Has Little RecourseNew York Times, April 25th
New England's Tom Brady on Jan. 24. A three-judge panel on Monday overturned a lower-court decision, meaning Brady now has virtually no chance of escaping a four-game suspension. Credit Usa Today Sports/USA Today Sports, via Reuters...Read more
Will latest NFL ruling hurt Tom Brady and the Patriots?The Boston Globe, April 11th
The NFL's Deflategate appeal is in the hands of the three appellate judges now, and we might not know for several more weeks or even months if the judges will uphold Judge Richard Berman's decision to vacate Tom Brady's four-game suspension, ...Read more