The whole world know by now that Tom Brady has a court case to discover once and for all his role in potentially deflating footballs.
Since the day after the AFC Championship game, fans, news, and NFL insiders have been speculating what really happened and what the punishment should be. Key word there is speculating. Nobody has an idea what the judge will decide.
Quite frankly, it doesn't matter what the judge decides, why you ask? Because Tom Brady is simply the best. That's all there is to it. NFL quarterbacks have admitted they tamper with the footballs too, including the air pressure. Why doesn't anyone say anything about that?
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I'll tell you why, because the league is tired of Brady winning. Brady has dominated the league ever since he's stepped foot on the field. He stepped into the league in 2001 when Drew Bledsoe went down with a popped blood vessel.
What did he do? Won the Super Bowl. The Patriots would end up back in the Super Bowl in 2003 and 2004, winning them both and becoming the first team ever to win back to back.
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The Patriots would wind up in the AFC Championship in 2006 before falling to Peyton Manning's Colts. In 2007 they would go undefeated, a perfect 16-0. They lost Super Bowl 42 but it was still a remarkable season for Brady, throwing an NFL record at the time, 50 touchdown passes.
This past year, New England won Super Bowl 49, Brady's fourth, on a game saving interception at the goal line by the unlikely hero Malcolm Butler. But, back to other quarterbacks tampering with the footballs.
Aaron Rodgers, QB of the Green Bay Packers, admitted he likes the footballs over inflated. Eli Manning, QB for the New York Giants says he likes to rub down the footballs with a brush to get rid of the glossy, slippery feel. Every team does something to their footballs so they can get it to their quarterbacks liking.
Brady's sweetest revenge would be to hoist the Lombardi trophy once again in Super Bowl 50, right there in San Francisco where he grew up watching his idol, Joe Montana.
If he indeed does that, he will pass his idol's four Super Bowl wins with his fifth. But, in order to get there, they have to fight through the regular season first.
New England plays the Indianapolis Colts in week 6, the team who first told the referees that the footballs were potentially deflated. Even though they won't say it to the media, New England definitely will make sure to o some extra preparation for that one.
Brady, suspended four games or not, will still be a top quarterback in 2015, he's in the best shape of his life, and he's been working harder than he ever has in training camp.
That's another reason why Brady has had so much success over his storied career. he treats everything with the same attitude, like every play will dictate the outcome of the game. You can compare anyone to Brady throughout the last five years and Brady will measure up just fine.
People always ask, who would you want with the game on the line? Brady or Rodgers? Brady or Manning? My answer is always the same, Brady. Here's how Brady stacks up to Rodgers and Manning since 2010.
Brady: 1,879 comp, 2,950 att, 167 TD, 44 INT, 100.0 rtg, 80 G
Rodgers: 1,560 comp, 2,339 att, 167 TD, 36 INT, 109.7 rtg, 71 G
Manning: 1,695 comp, 2,518 att, 164 TD, 53 INT, 103.5 rtg, 64 G (Missed 2011 season)
So arguably, Brady is the best quarterback in the league. Stats aren't everything, Brady has won a Super Bowl in that time, and been in two.
Rodgers also won a Super Bowl (2010) but, that's the only one he's made it to. Manning made it to the Super Bowl in 2009 but lost to New Orleans. Brady has been to six Super bowls. I'll let that sink in for a minute. If he gets to his seventh, he will undoubtedly the best of all-time but, it's kind of hard to say he's not already.
Great players are remembered but legends never die. Brady is/will certainly be in that 'legend' category.