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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Why Tom Brady and the Patriots aren't losing in November and DecemberUSA TODAY, November 24th
Just when you think you know all there is about the 13-year New England Patriots dynasty, there are stats that still surprise. Since 2010, Tom Brady and company have a remarkable record in games played in the second half of each NFL season. They're off...Read more
Double coverage: Tom Brady vs. Aaron RodgersESPN (blog), November 24th
The Patriots' came Sept. 29 after that blowout loss to the Chiefs that dropped them to 2-2, and everyone was questioning Brady when he turned to one longtime beat reporter in the locker room and said, "Talk to me in November." Refresh the memory on...Read more
Tom Brady says Patriots will be lucky to reach Super BowlSB Nation, November 24th
The New England Patriots, who are coming off a 34-9 dismantling of previously 7-3 Detroit, have won seven straight games, own the No. 1 ranked scoring offense and have a plus-130 point differential. After stumbling out of the gate to a 2-2 record, the...Read more
Sports media: Latest Tom Brady-Randy Moss hookup a good oneBoston Globe, November 24th
So Randy Moss made much of his ballyhooed interview Sunday with Tom Brady about . . . Randy Moss. The former Patriots receiver, now a Fox Sports 1 studio analyst, greeted his former teammate with a handshake, a hug, and a giddy shout of “Tommy Boy!...Read more
Tom Brady, Patriots rout LionsWorcester Telegram, November 23rd
Quarterback Tom Brady threw for 349 yards and a pair of touchdowns to tight end Tim Wright, and completed five or more passes to five different receivers as the Patriots downed Detroit, 34-9, for their seventh straight win and fourth in a row by 21 or...Read more
NFL Week 12: Tom Brady and Patriots playing like a powerhouse afireLos Angeles Times, November 23rd
With Oakland winning and Arizona losing — two of the oddities from Week 12 — about the only sure bet in the NFL these days is that the New England Patriots are going to come through. And come through big. That was the case again Sunday, as the...Read more
Tom Brady passes Patriots to 34-9 win over LionsUSA TODAY, November 23rd
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots showed off their passing game one week after a brilliant rushing performance. The outcome was the same: a blowout win over a top team. Throw in a defense that held the Detroit Lions without a ...Read more
LeGarrette Blount 1 Yd Run (Stephen Gostkowski Kick)ESPN (blog), November 23rd
The Patriots entered Sunday ranked 4th in Total QBR allowed with standard pressure (51.0). Tom Brady had no such trouble, completing 33-of-45 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against Detroit's 4-man rush. The Lions defense ...Read more