Tom Brady deserves respect

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“I am the best decision this franchise has ever made,” is the famous quote that Tom Brady told the Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft the first time they met with Kraft not knowing who Brady was. Tom Brady is the best quarterback the National Football League has ever seen. Now before you get all defensive and start throwing accusations about his team, you have to set your opinions about the Patriots aside and look at the facts about just Brady. Let’s start with the way he has played on the biggest stage in football, the Super Bowl. After throwing four touchdowns against the “Legion of Boom,” he passed the great Joe Montana for most touchdowns in the Super Bowl at 13. He also now owns the records for the most completions in a half at 20, most completions in a game at 37 and Super Bowl starts at six, in which he now is 4-2. Those were just the records he broke in the game last February. Brady already had held the Super Bowl records for most career passing yards, career attempts and completions. Those are records that he just kept adding to during the game. Brady’s greatness isn’t just about the records. The thing that makes him such a great quarterback is his incredible competitive nature and will to win. His football knowledge is impeccable. He prepares for the competition better than any other quarterback in the league.

Current and former teammates always are talking about how he is the first one in the locker room before practice and always the last one to leave the facilities. My favorite thing about Brady is the reason why he always is so competitive. He always is playing with a chip on his shoulder because people constantly are putting him down and not believing in him. Graduating from San Mateo High School in California and heading to play quarterback at Michigan, no one knew who he was. He didn’t get playing time until his junior season, and even then he wasn’t the starter. Once his senior season rolled around, he had to fight just to be the starting QB for the first half of the season. After that he played pretty well given the expectations.Even after boosting his stock the last half of the season at Michigan, the NFL world wasn’t too sold on Brady. After getting selected, he had to be the third QB on the roster in New England. If not for Drew Bledsoe getting injured, we might have had to wait years for the emergence of Brady. He always has been the underdog.No one ever has believed in him. People should recognize the greatness of this man. During all the hardships in his life, Brady always keeps his competitiveness and his class. Tom Brady might be in your head, but you will never be in his.

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