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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Start Your Super Sunday With Tom Brady's PancakesBoston.com, January 31st
Ink, Brady shares the secrets that led his wife, Gisele Bundchen, to dub him the “Pancake Master” for his prowess in the kitchen earlier this month. Gisele introduced the world to her husband's pancakes during the Patriots' bye week in the wild card...Read more
Bell Tolls: Perspective, desire drive Tom Brady to Super Bowl XLIXUSA TODAY, January 31st
If the Patriots dethrone the Seahawks on Sunday, Brady would become the fourth-oldest, after John Elway's double dip and Johnny Unitas, to win a Super Bowl. "When we went early in my career, it wasn't that I didn't realize how hard it was," Brady said...Read more
Tom Brady is 37 going on 27ESPN (blog), January 31st
Brady is not afraid to instruct and critique his troops, sometimes vehemently and in plain view. Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell knows this. "Every time we make a big play in practice, he's firing up," LaFell said. "Every time we go two minutes...Read more
Ex-Patriots quarterbacks, ball boy back Tom BradyBoston Globe, January 31st
Only Tom Brady has started more games at quarterback than Drew Bledsoe during Bill Belichick's Patriots reign. So, Drew, how inflated were the game balls you threw? “I may have played with underinflated footballs my entire career,'' Bledsoe said in an ...Read more
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's secret weapon? His body coach, Alex GuerreroFox News Latino, January 30th
It's the person in Tom Brady's life who is, it seems, always there. On the sidelines at all New England Patriots games, in the kitchen making sure foods are prepared in the most healthful way for the all-star quarterback, in the gym guiding Brady's...Read more
A Tom Brady Sneak Is the Patriots' Unstoppable PlayNew York Times, January 30th
The most automatic play in the Patriots' offensive playbook over the last 14 seasons involves Tom Brady, but it is not a pass. It is having Brady tuck the ball and lower his shoulder and shimmy into a narrow gap, gaining inch after bruising inch, the...Read more
Deflate-gate spoof: Affleck, Damon, others 'defend' Patriots QB Tom Brady in ...NOLA.com, January 30th
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, speaks to Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck after the NFL football AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the Colts 45-7 to advance to the ...Read more
Can the Seahawks defense do to Tom Brady what it did to Peyton Manning?Washington Post, January 30th
Establishing Blount as a running threat could be one key for the Patriots on Sunday. Another is safeguarding Brady. He is not all that much more mobile than Manning is. But the Seahawks, while they again led the NFL in total defense this season, are...Read more