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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Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones Respond to Greg Hardy's Tom Brady, Patriots CommentsBleacher Report, October 8th
On Wednesday, Hardy met with the media as he prepares to return to the field following a four-game suspension. One topic discussed, with the Cowboys facing the New England Patriots Sunday, was Tom Brady. Hardy brought up the Patriots quarterback's ...Read more
Roger Goodell has no regrets about taking hard line on Tom Brady during ...USA TODAY, October 7th
NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he has no regrets about aggressively pursuing discipline against Tom Brady in the so-called Deflategate scandal, even after a federal judge overturned the New England Patriots star quarterback's ...Read more
Tom Brady is nearly unstoppable but here's a plan to try and slow him downCBSSports.com, October 7th
Tom Brady has mastered the hyper-precise, quick passing game, and through three games, the Steelers, Bills and Jaguars have had no answers for the Patriots offense. On passes behind the line of scrimmage and up to 9 yards past the line of scrimmage, ...Read more
Donte' Stallworth recalls Tom Brady's motivational ways with practice squadESPN (blog), October 7th
Stallworth played for the Patriots in 2007 and then for a brief stint in 2012. He was never on the team's practice squad, and thus wouldn't have been a recipient of Brady's apparent motivational generosity. Brady wasn't asked about Stallworth's...Read more
Tom Brady: Patriots Gain Advantage From Coaching Changes Around NFLNESN.com, October 5th
Bill Belichick outlasted another AFC East head coach Monday when Joe Philbin was fired by the Miami Dolphins. Since Belichick took over the New England Patriots in 2000, 18 AFC East head coaches have come and gone. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ...Read more
Patriots fan gives Tom Brady his 400th TD ball back for a chance to meet himFor The Win, October 1st
David Bowen is a Patriots fan who was handed Tom Brady's 400th touchdown ball in the crowd this past Sunday. Wide receiver Danny Amendola caught Brady's pass, but absentmindedly forgot the historic occasion and just tossed the ball to Bowen in the ...Read more
Tom Brady: Patriots' Offensive Continuity Has Propelled Hot StartNESN.com, September 30th
FOXBORO, Mass. — One of the key reasons for the New England Patriots' hot start has been their lack of growing pains on offense. The Patriots came out of the gate sluggish in 2013 and 2014 as quarterback Tom Brady had to acclimate to new offensive ...Read more
Few questions remain about Tom Brady and the Patriots' dominanceBoston.com, September 27th
COMMENTARY. It was about what you expected, but no less enjoyable for lacking surprise. The New England Patriots walloped the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars, 51-17, on Sunday, a day that included quarterback Tom Brady's 400th career touchdown pass, ...Read more