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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Timeline of events for Deflategate, Tom BradyESPN (blog), July 28th
Here's a timeline of the Deflategate investigation of the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady. Data are from ESPN Stats & Information. Jan. 18 (AFC Championship Game): The Patriots defeat the Colts 45-7. But after the second-half kickoff...Read more
Roger Goodell upholds Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspensionUSA TODAY, July 28th
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension Tuesday, citing the New England Patriots quarterback's decision to have his cell phone destroyed before a meeting with an NFL-backed investigator as a key piece of ...Read more
Report: Tom Brady arrives to Patriots training camp two days earlyCBSSports.com, July 27th
Amid the swirl of speculation surrounding a potential appeal ruling from Roger Goodell on the Deflategate case, Tom Brady is hanging out and doing business as usual. That includes showing up to Patriots training camp early. It's one of the best...Read more
Checking the locks: Matt Flynn's hold on Patriots' QB spot tied to Tom Brady's ...ESPN (blog), July 27th
So Flynn represents, in many ways, how the Patriots are preparing for all scenarios as it relates to Brady's four-game suspension -- No. 3 could quickly become No. 2. Some have asked if Flynn could press Garoppolo to start in Brady's potential absence...Read more
Patriots' Tom Brady leads all NFL players in merchandise salesLos Angeles Times, July 23rd
The NFL Players Assn. announced Thursday that Brady sold more licensed merchandise than any other NFL player from March 1 through May 31, a period during which the Patriots quarterback was suspended four games for being "generally aware" the team ...Read more
Fans still keen on Tom Brady gear despite Deflategate, union list showsESPN, July 23rd
In an offseason during which Tom Brady was suspended for his alleged role in Deflategate, merchandise sales related to the New England Patriots quarterback have been the highest in the NFL, according to a list released Thursday by NFL Players Inc., the ...Read more
Settlement offer in Tom Brady case met with 'silence,' source saysESPN, July 22nd
The NFL Players Association extended a settlement offer to the NFL last week regarding Tom Brady's suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate, a source told ESPN.com's Dan Graziano. ... ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss contributed to this report...Read more
What might NFL be considering as Tom Brady awaits Deflategate appeal ruling?USA TODAY, July 19th
Now, as the New England Patriots quarterback and NFL Players Association await NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's ruling on whether to uphold, reduce or overturn Brady's four-game suspension, the threat of a lawsuit looms. It may be a ploy, just leverage ...Read more