Not too long ago, Tom Brady was everywhere for the wrong reasons. The Indianapolis Colts had just been annihilated by Capt. Tom and company, and decided to blame their loss on deflated footballs on the Patriots end, even though their own players said they could have played with basketballs and still lost.
Four games into the season and Tom Brady is out for blood. He’s annihilated every team he’s faced and managed to postpone his court case to a later date. He’s completed 72.5 percent of his passes, thrown for more than 1,300 yards, 11 touchdowns, and no interceptions. All of this with people rigorously testing each Patriots football before every game.
How silly do you feel if you attributed Brady’s greatness to having an advantage by using deflated footballs? Hopefully pretty silly.
For me, it’s hard not to be a Tom Brady homer. The guy is practically flawless. I’ve always had more of a man-crush on him than Peyton Manning. There used to be a very real debate about which one of those two quarterbacks was better, but now? It’s not even close.
Since the beginning of the deflategate scandal, I’ve always stuck with one phrase I saw to defend Tom: “success breeds envy.” Tom Brady is arguably the most successful quarterback of all time, and as such, is prone to haters from all walks of life, inside and out of the league.
Brady has made it his mission to silence the critics this season and, so far, is delivering.
Just ask Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy, recently back on the field after sexual assault allegations, who told the media he hoped Tom’s wife came to the game. Bad idea. Captain Tom threw for 20/27 and led his troops to a 30-6 victory.
Success will always breed envy and with a player like Brady, it’s easy to see why. Everyone wants to be the best. Everyone wants to play for a winning organization that supports their quarterback. We just have to live with the fact that there will always be sore losers.