04/06/15 by Matthew S. Vandriak
Earlier this week, footage of a vacationing Tom Brady jumping from a cliff into a pool of water hit mainstream media. The reaction was of mixed hope...hope that Brady was OK and would re-surface (from Patriots fans). And hope Brady didn't come back up (from the fans of the rest of the NFL's teams). But in all seriousness, no matter what team you root for, and whether you like him or not, you have to respect Tom Brady.
So why all the Brady haters? Well for one thing, it's probably a little bit of jealousy. Every guy who ever picked up a football wanted to be that star player. Leading your team to victory. Being counted on to come through in the clutch. Winning championships. Fame. Fortune. Super model wife. C'mon, you have to admit you're a little bit envious of Tom Brady's life.
Or maybe it's the second thing that's most responsible for the Brady hate. He beats your team on the field. Seriously, besides the New York Giants, Tom Brady has led the Patriots to a win over your team. I'm a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I experienced it in the 2004 post season and many times during the regular seasons over the years. Brady wins, period. In crunch time, he gets it done. There have been many a different wide receiver, tight end, running back, and offensive linemen since Brady took over as the Patriots starter en route to the Super Bowl in 2001. But there's been one constant...Tom Brady and the Patriots winning.
But here's what really matters. If you're a real sports fan and a real football fan, you realize that Tom Brady is a one of generation kind of player who is one of the greatest of all time to play his position. Six Super Bowl appearances. 4 Super Bowl wins. 3 time Super Bowl MVP. 10 Pro Bowls. Named to the NFL's "All Decade" team for the 2000's. 160 regular season wins in 13 seasons. That pretty much says all that needs to be said.
Like him or not, you have to respect Tom Brady.
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