Nearly everyone roots for the underdog. At one point in time, Tom Brady was exactly that. He stepped into the league as a sixth-round draft pick from Michigan and was thrust into a starting role after Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe was literally forced to the sidelines. In his first Super Bowl appearance against the St. Louis Rams, Brady and the Patriots were heavy underdogs, who wouldn't stand a chance against "the greatest show on turf" led by the three-headed monster of Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, and Torry Holt. But for Brady, the tables turned as of that night. He won his first Super Bowl with a game-winning fourth quarter drive, and began his journey from underdog to future Hall of Famer. With that, comes a hatred from those on the outside looking in, wanting their quarterback to be just as good as Brady, and be the guy to take him down, though history has proven that such a task is near impossible.
Since Brady has been able to remain at the top of the NFL's elite for such a long period of time, he has become one of the most hated players in the league. Fans continue to root for the underdog, and nowadays in the NFL, that guy is no longer Tom Brady. In recent years, fans have preferred to root for a guy like Russell Wilson, who was a third round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and the new "underdog" at the quarterback position. Fans were in the rising Seahawks star's corner when he defeated Peyton Manning under the bright lights of Metlife Stadium, and like Brady did in his first Super Bowl victory over the Rams, Wilson played the role of fan favourite. Instead, when the two faced each other in this year's Super Bowl, Brady played the role of villain, loser of his two last Super Bowls with fans hoping that number would extend to three. If Wilson continues to take Seattle deep into the postseason, he may one day have a similar top 10 list of his own. For Brady, his supposed involvement in the Deflate Gate scandal prior to reaching the Super Bowl hasn't helped him win any popularity contests. He has continuously denied having any knowledge of the saga, and this is just one of many reasons why NFL fans have become annoyed with the Patriots quarterback. Here is a look at nine other reasons to hate "Tom Terrific."
10 Television appearances
9 His good looks
8 Gisele Bündchen
7 The Super Bowl Trophies
6 He keeps winning
The bodies of most NFL athletes begin to deteriorate once they hit the wrong side of 30. Quarterbacks are usually the exception to this rule, but while their bodies manage to remain intact, rarely are they able to keep their play at the same high level. But in Brady's case, he is able to defy all odds; after a short Super Bowl slump, he won his fourth Lombardi trophy against the Seattle Seahawks in February. He already had the rings, and teams are continuing to have trouble preventing him from adding more.
5 His relationship with Bill Belichick
4 He gets all the credit for each Super Bowl win
2 Deflate Gate
1 Lying about Deflate Gate
As bad as the scandal was, the way the Patriots organization and Brady specifically, handled the situation was what the league was most frustrated with. The Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns were each involved in a scandal of their own during the offseason, however, both squads were upfront and straightforward about their involvement and as a result, their punishment was less severe than that of the Patriots. Perception could have been so much different had Brady just owned up to it from the start.
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