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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Darrelle Revis, Rob Gronkowski or Tom Brady: Who is the Pats' MVP?Boston Herald, December 18th
Few teams can boast three true MVP candidates like the Patriots, who can legitimately argue that Tom Brady, Darrelle Revis and Rob Gronkowski all belong high in the league-wide discussion. Brady appeared to be the league's frontrunner from the Pats' ...Read more
Patriots Players Discuss the Fearsome Power of Tom Brady's Head-ButtsBleacher Report, December 18th
That's how New England Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell describes being part of quarterback Tom Brady's head-butt celebrations. There aren't many quarterbacks in the league who show as much emotion as Brady does, especially after a score, and the ...Read more
Jets vs. Patriots: The Last Rex Ryan-Tom Brady Showdown?CBSSports.com, December 18th
Back in Rex Ryan's second game as head coach of the New York Jets, his team defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots 16-9. The Jets held New England to 299 yards of total offense, and just 213 through the air. Brady wasn't sacked, but he was ...Read more
Jets Quarterback Michael Vick Prefers to be Patriots Quarterback Tom BradyPats Pulpit, December 17th
But I do play with Tom Brady a lot. I like to play with the Pats [Vick's archrival New England Patriots]. I don't really blame him. If you were sent to NFL purgatory with the Jets, the Patriots would be an easy choice for a dream job. Can you imagine...Read more
Patriots regain top spot in AP Pro32 rankingsUSA TODAY, December 16th
NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots maintained their mastery of the AFC East and returned to the top spot in the NFL. The Patriots clinched the division for the 11th time in 12 years with Sunday's 41-13 rout of the Miami Dolphins...Read more
Brady Unfazed By Pot Roast's PledgeESPN, December 16th
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a simple reply when asked about Broncos defensive tackle Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton's so-called Super Bowl guarantee: "It doesn't matter what you say. It matters what you do." "Pot Roast is a big man, so I would...Read more
Quality, Not Quantity: The Best Runs of Tom 'Brady Vick'Boston.com, December 15th
Tom Brady juked Urlacher 'out of his shoes' for an 11-yard third-down pickup in the Patriots' 17-13 win over the Bears in 2006. The perennial Pro Bowl linebacker racked up 92 tackles and 49 assists that season en route to his fourth All Pro nod, but...Read more
Tom Brady's scramble picked up the PatriotsBoston Globe, December 15th
This is Tom Brady we're talking about, not Colin Kaepernick. Brady entered with just 20 rushing yards all season. But the Patriots were ready for this defense. Brady pulled off a similar play against the Dolphins last year, rushing for 8 yards on...Read more