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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Ben Roethlisberger: 'Not the same' playing Patriots without Tom BradyABC News, May 26th
Other Steelers didn't feel strongly about Brady's potential absence. "I don't care," running back DeAngelo Williams said. "It's not my team. I don't play against Tom Brady anyway. I play against the defense." Outside linebacker James Harrison said he...Read more
Will Tom Brady be at the New England Patriots OTAs?Yahoo Sports, May 25th
Will Tom Brady be at the New England Patriots OTAs? by NFL Highlights 2:30 mins. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport has the latest on quarterback Tom Brady and whether or not he will be in Foxboro for the beginning of the New England Patriots OTAs...Read more
Newlywed Patriots fans postpone honeymoon until Tom Brady returns from ...Washington Post (blog), May 25th
Hundreds of New England Patriots fans gathered outside Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday in a show of support for quarterback Tom Brady, who is appealing his four-game suspension for his role in the league's DeflateGate scandal...Read more
Patriots fans plan 'Free Tom Brady' rally Sunday at GilletteBoston Globe (subscription), May 23rd
Patriots fans are planning a rally Sunday at Gillette Stadium in support of quarterback Tom Brady as he faces a four-game suspension for his role in the Deflategate scandal. The ''Free Tom Brady'' rally is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m...Read more
Fans to hold 'Free Tom Brady' rallyESPN, May 23rd
As of Saturday afternoon, 240 people had confirmed they were planning to attend. They're being encouraged to wear Tom Brady jerseys. The rally takes place at Patriot Place Parking Lot 4. Patriots fans have steadfastly supported Brady since an...Read more
Patriots fans rallying at stadium in support of Tom BradyBoston Herald, May 23rd
New England Patriots fans are planning a rally in support of their beloved quarterback Tom Brady. The "Free Tom Brady" rally is scheduled to take place Sunday at Gillette Stadium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a recently-created Facebook page...Read more
Patriots fans hold "Free Tom Brady" rallyWCVB Boston, May 23rd
The penalty was imposed on the four-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback after Wells found it was more probable than not that Brady was at least generally aware of team employees scheming to let air out of Patriots' footballs prior to January's AFC ...Read more
NFLPA: Tom Brady's Appeal Not Impacted By Patriots' Decision To Accept ...NESN.com, May 19th
“The Patriots may not appeal, but this will not impact the NFLPA appeal of the 4 game suspension of Tom Brady,” NFL Players Association assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah tweeted Tuesday. Since the Patriots chose not to...Read more