Former New England Patriots back-up quarterback Ryan Mallett will finally get his chance to star in the NFL this Sunday when the Houston Texans travel to Ohio to face the Cleveland Browns.
Mallett will face off against former teammate Brian Hoyer on Sunday in a battle of two quarterbacks trying to take their first real opportunity as a starter in the NFL.
And to commemorate the moment when the two former Pats' QBs go head to head on Sunday, Patriots long-term starter and three-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady sent out a funny message of support via his Facebook page.
How time flies
During the 2011 NFL season, Brady was the starter at the Pats while both Brian Hoyer and Mallett, who was a rookie at the time, played back up to the future Hall of Fame QB.
Remarking on those times, Brady said via Facebook that times have definitely changed since then, with all three of them set to start in the NFL for the first time during the same weekend in week 11.
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Brady posted the message on Facebook as part of his weekly Throwback Thursday post, and it certainly got a strong response with over 19,000 likes at the time of writing.
Each week the New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posts his "Throwback Thursday" picture. This week's post was both amusing and quite timely. The picture above is a nice piece of heartfelt trolling from Brady. It really does show how far Mallett has come in a short space of time.
Support from Hoyer
Meanwhile, it's not just Brady that has sent out a message of support for Mallett as he heads into his first start for the Texans, with his opponent and former teammate Brian Hoyer laying some quite considerable praise on him this week.
"Well, talking about Ryan, first and foremost, it's the strongest arm I've ever seen -- by far,'' said Hoyer. "In person, I've seen him throw a football up close and personal and he has the strongest arm I've ever seen.''
Only time will tell how Mallett goes as the number one in Houston, but it wouldn't be a surprise at all to see him become the permanent starter in the coming weeks.