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In a season where Tom Brady has had to overcome countless offensive obstacles to lead his team to a 12-4 record and a fifth consecutive AFC East crown, he is somehow considered the worst quarterback remaining in the playoffs. Thanks to this article posted by The Sporting News, Tom Brady has the perfect bulletin board material leading into a game that everyone hopes he loses. Just like he has been doing his entire career, Brady is going to take the field in an effort to prove the critics wrong.
It’s no secret that Tom Brady is disliked by many outside of New England. It must be easy to hate a man who worked tirelessly to perfect his craft. The same man who had to fight like hell to be the starting quarterback at his college. The very same man who was overlooked for 198 other players and six other quarterbacks before he was finally drafted. Yes, that same Tom Brady who was the only fourth string quarterback in the league because his coach had the smarts to realize there was something special about him. And yes, we are talking about the same Tom Brady who has a record 17 playoff wins, three Super Bowl wins in five appearances, two Super Bowl MVP’s, and a couple of regular season MVP’s thrown in for good measure. Oh did I mention his super model wife?
Yes I can see how it’s easy to hate this man because you’re jealous of all that he has accomplished, but lets not kid ourselves here saying he’s the worst quarterback remaining. In this postseason we have Cam Newton, who has never played a playoff game in his career. Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck are definitely impressive and will have great careers, they are still only in their second years. Colin Kaepernick is a playmaker but he has shown the ability this season to be completely shut down. Drew Brees has been far from on point and his accomplishments don’t come close to what Brady has done. Philip Rivers is Philip Rivers. Lastly Peyton Manning has a record 11 playoff losses coupled with a record eight one-and-done’s.
Of course Brady has struggled at times this season, and in recent playoff appearances. To the uneducated there will always be the lingering thought that Brady is losing it in his old age. But to those who have seen what this man is capable of, they know that there is no one more dangerous in the cold month of January. Considering he has turned a group of nobodies into a Super Bowl contender, I’d say he might be at his most cerebral.
This Saturday the upstart Colts come into Gillette riding an impressive comeback victory against the Chiefs in the comfort of their own dome. The same Chiefs team that had not beat a team above .500 all season. This Saturday they leave the comfort of their own home and enter what looks to be a soggy Gillette. This is the time of the year that Tom Brady thrives, and this article from The Sporting News may have just awoken the sleeping giant.