So many details about Tom Brady’s career seem so fanciful that it sounds fallacious.
In his first 20 seasons, he led his team to the Super Bowl 10 times. He started as many Super Bowl (three) games in his 40s as he did in his 20s, as he crammed three wins into four seasons, his first at 24. His seven Super Bowl titles are more than any other franchise has won. He has been selected as the MVP of the Super Bowl five times; only one other quarterback, Denver’s John Elway, has even started five Super Bowl games. Only once has Brady missed the playoffs as a starter — in 2002, the season after winning his first Super Bowl, the championship that began the Patriots’ reign.
Brady’s New England star brooded for years in ideal circumstances after emerging from a fluke event on September 23, 2001. Jets supporter Mo Lewis took out Drew Bledsoe, who was sever a blood vessel in his chest, sending Brady into the game.
Brady formed, with Bill Belichick, the greatest quarterback coach partnership in NFL history, taking advantage of the organization’s stable infrastructure, the league’s boom in short passing ability, and his own tenacity – the only game he missed through injury came in 2008, after he tore a ligament in his knee in the opening game of the season. He reveled in the New England “Do Your Job” ethos, trying to curb his charismatic personality to emerge as a pocket passer, winning six and 17 championships with Patriots team.
But even his playoff losses were memorable. He was twice defeated in the Super Bowl by the Giants. The first, in February 2008, thwarted New England’s efforts to an undefeated season. The second, in February 2012, infuriated Bündchen, angered by several abandoned passes, then mocked that her husband could not throw and catch at the same time. Then, in a game against Philadelphia six years later, Brady netted the Eagles for 505 yards of passing – one of his many post-season records – but lost, 41-33, after being stripped of the ball only about two minutes left.
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