It’s pretty simply… it’s because of Tom Brady. Love him or hate him, he’s a winner. Drafted 199th in the 2000 NFL draft, the guy started off his NFL career as an underdog. And these days, he’s probably the most hated player in the NFL. The irony in all of this is that he’s not the bane for domestic assault, for dog fighting, or even for illegal possession of a firearm. Nope. Those individuals are far more tolerated, and even empathized with. He was underrated at his start. Despite his history, he’s underestimated year after year. And when he does what he does best– win– it can only be because he’s a cheater. He’s hated because he wins.
Last night, while trying to enjoy dinner with the family at The Melting Pot, I had the game on Hulu on my phone. I thought for sure this would get flagged by my wife as inappropriate behavior. But across from us were our two oldest girls giving the play-by-play from their phones. What made things even funnier was while I was watching the game on “Live TV”, my girls seemed to have all of the updates 30 seconds ahead of me by merely monitoring the scoreboard from their browsers.
Brady reminds me of America in that he is hated for all of the wrong reasons. No matter what his actions are on or off the field, he cannot do the right things for the mainstream. And does this stop him? Not at all! I really hope he can win his 6th Super Bowl this year, against the Rams. I don’t think he will be around much longer to play the game and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of yet another win. And as a dad, I couldn’t be more thrilled to share this moment with my children. One day, they will look back on this and remember Brady as they tell their children. They weren’t football fans before this. But they are now; and it’s all due to this man who is guilty of nothing more than being classy, and simply defying the odds– something I think we should all aspire for.