Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. New England Patriots fans have had the privilege of watching Brady play out his Hall of Fame worthy career but every now and then Brady makes the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
The Patriots may be in the Super Bowl for the sixth time in Brady and Belichick's time together, but 24 hours after the Patriots' 45-7 demolition of the Colts the deflate-gate controversy started to get up a head of steam.
We are now four days removed from the AFC Championship Game where the Patriots are alleged to have deflated 11 of 12 balls they handed to officials prior to kick-off.
Is Brady responsible?
Tom Brady laughed off the claims that the Patriots tampered with the balls during the AFC title game, but Pro Football Talk have managed to show Brady to be somewhat of a hypocrite regarding the situation.
It seems that back in 2006 both Brady and Peyton Manning lobbied the league so that every team could provide its own footballs to use on offense. Brady even commented on how every QB likes their balls inflated to different levels.
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“The thing is, every quarterback likes it a little bit different,” Brady explained at the time, according to Pro Football Talk. “Some like them blown up a little bit more, some like them a little more thin, some like them a little more new, some like them really broken in.”
These comments come more into focus now when we consider that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has denied any knowledge of how the balls are prepared pre-game. This has led many fans to accuse Brady of being behind deflate-gate.
Should we even care?
However, the truth of the matter is that regardless of whether or not Brady did or didn't deflate the balls, the Patriots would have still won.
The Pats dominated the game on the ground and the Colts had no answer for running back LeGarrette Blount, who rampaged for 148 yards and three touchdowns off 30 carries.
New England may still get fined for their role in deflate-gate, which would be around $25,000 at the most, reports say. In the meantime, we should all focus our attention on the build-up to the Super Bowl. The Pats are innocent until proven guilty. And even if they're guilty, it's not even that bigger deal.