In a post-game interview, Brady’s face flushed red, his hair disheveled like a child walking into the playground. He was told that Madden, before the final game of the game, had insisted that the Patriots should play cautiously, settling in overtime.
“Madden was worried that you would do something stupid,” said one reporter.
Brady, then 24, looked injured at first. Then he considers what he just did.
Smiling conspiratorially, Brady said that Madden, the game’s most famous man at the time, was wrong. Brady added: “I can say that, can’t I?”
He could at the time, and for the next two decades, he could say almost anything he wanted. The star Brady and his football wizard became deeply entwined with the story of the cultural underpinnings that the NFL would become in his career.
On Tuesday, Brady retires, the last simple gesture in a life of professional football so legendary, so complex, so effective, so victorious, and so relevant that he became one of the most known – and sometimes disparaged, men. – in U.S.A.
Typically his composure on the field and form, he started more NFL games, won more championships, set more records than nearly all of his peers and somehow, he has been involved in many scandals ending with the suffix “-gate.” Mostly, he lets goosebumps build up when he wakes up. Brady will take his place in a separate wing of the great North American tracksuit dedicated to the likes of Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams, Babe Ruth, Wayne Gretzky, et al.
Perhaps for a longer time than anyone else, he has been the face of the NFL during a period that has seen the league take a dominant position over sports played in the United States.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/01/sports/football/tom-brady.html Tom Brady’s impact is best measured in Goose Bumps