Opinion: Tom Brady Isn’t Who You Think
Indranshu Das | Staff Writer
When Robert Kraft and his New England Patriots were on the clock in the 6th round of the 2000 draft, they had already established that Drew Bledsoe, the first overall pick in the 1993 draft, would be their franchise quarterback.
Little did they know that their selection, Tom Brady, would be not only great, but one of the best to ever take the field.
Brady has always had to seize the moment as a player. Back in his high school days at Junipero Serra, he was the backup quarterback to a JV team which went 0-8 and couldn’t score a touchdown all year. In his junior year, he managed to be the backup on the varsity team and got his first big chance when the starter got injured. Two years of varsity football later, he landed a football offer from the University of Michigan.
Brady has never been one to run the fastest or throw the fastest, but his indomitable spirit resonates through his teams, particularly in situations when they need their quarterback to come through in the clutch. Brady’s first comeback as a starting quarterback came in his Michigan days, when they played Penn State. Down 10 with 3:35 left in the game, Brady rushed and threw for a touchdown to win 31-27.
The list of comebacks from Brady is endless: his game vs Penn State, his game at the Orange Bowl, most recently the comeback against Atlanta, etc. It goes on and on.
At age 43, against all odds, he is still managing to be a Super Bowl winning quarterback. He won a championship as a 41-year-old against a red hot Rams team that was surging uner rookie coach Sean McVay. Sure, the score doesn’t represent how well the offense has done, but when have Tom Brady’s numbers really attracted people anyway?
Look at his combine stats, even Steve Maricucci laughed at the performance he put on prior to the 2000 draft. The most important number in Brady’s mind was the championships, and he has 6 of them. Along with the jewelry, in 2007, he tied Roger Staubach’s record by winning 76 games in the first 100 regular season starts and has an overall career record of 219-64.
Winning was not just an expectation for Brady, it was a mindset.
If anything, Brady is sending a message. A signal to the world that athletes don’t have a limit as to what age, or physical ability, they can play to their fullest potential.
He preaches that with the right philosophy in recovery and training, along with diet and routine, anything is possible. Brady recently wrote a whole book on how his diet and pliability exercises go a long way in keeping him durable for a grueling 16 game season, and how he has not missed a prolonged period of time since he tore his ACL back in 2008.
Looking toward the future, it’s clear that Tom Brady isn’t going anywhere. He can’t go out without winning, because that’s not who Brady is. His whole career, he’s normalized the idea of a timeless talent, and now he has to utilize it more than ever. From where we stand, Brady has nothing left to prove; he’s a champion, a fighter, a true winner.
But in Tom Brady’s eyes, he now has more to prove than he ever did before — and that is what makes him the GOAT.