Tom Brady is one of those guys that you either love, or you hate. These days he is seen as a controversial figure, and there might be more hate than love being thrown his way. This great championship winning quarterback might be a cheater. His integrity has been questioned, his reputation stained, and his character maligned. He has his share of enemies. Why do so many people hate Tom Brady? Joe Namath seems to think it is jealousy. When you win a lot of football games, you make a lot of people mad. Tom Brady has won a lot of football games, broke a lot of rival fans’ hearts, and dashed the dreams of many. But is this Brady-hating just as simple as jealousy?
All this controversy has thus far seemed to fuel Brady this year, as he has started on a tear. Whether it is simply a matter of Brady wanting to make a mockery of anybody who questioned his integrity or it’s just the Patriots being up to old habits, the hatred simply isn’t going away.
Perhaps with Mr. Brady it is a little more complicated, though. He is a popular tabloid figure, is known for his model female companions, and is a good looking guy. These are bound to make a few people jealous. It is human nature to have a hint of jealousy towards those who seem to have everything handed to them on a platter, and seem to do whatever they want without consequence. Let’s take a look at the top 15 people who do not like Tom Brady.
15. Terrell Suggs
The Patriots and Ravens have played a lot of important games against each other in the last five years, so it’s only normal there would be hostility. Terrell Suggs has been a vocal leader for the Ravens throughout his career. His feud with Brady goes back to saying he voted Ryan Fitzpatrick on his 2010 Pro Bowl ballot over Brady. Suggs has said he feels Brady gets special treatment by the league, with the rule against hitting QBs below the knee having been made after Brady tore his ACL. Suggs was once asked in a E:60 interview why he hates Brady. “I don’t think that’s appropriate for camera. I don’t like him. He don’t like me. I don’t like his hair. I don’t like his smug attitude.”
As much as Suggs hates Brady, even he took Brady’s side over the NFL in the deflategate scandal. Perhaps Suggs hates Roger Goodell just a little more than Brady.
14. Tony Romo
Tony Romo has enjoyed a moderately successful career with the Dallas Cowboys, but it is hard to get out of the shadow of Troy Aikman and his three Super Bowl wins. Romo shares a loathing with all the other contemporary quarterbacks of Tom Brady. The fact is simple, as long as Brady is still playing football their chances of winning a Super Bowl are significantly less. Romo’s Cowboys have never beaten Brady’s Patriots in their meetings.
13. Ben Roethlisberger
The Steelers’ Super Bowl glory has been grossly overshadowed by the Patriots dynasty led by Tom Brady. This season Roethlisberger and the Steelers were to meet the Patriots on opening night, and would have benefited from the four-game suspension of Tom Brady had it not been lifted. Instead Brady put on an airshow and thumped the Steelers. This win makes Brady 8-2 in his career against the Steelers. Brady outshines Roethlisberger AGAIN.
12. Ted Wells
This high flying attorney was hired by the NFL to investigate Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the recent scandal. Ted has a reputation for winning cases for his upper class clientele, but has come under scrutiny in this case. Ted could not possibly be objective in the situation; the NFL has obtained his services in times past and he likes to keep his clients happy at all costs. Since Brady and his lawyer were able to overturn the suspension of the league, Ted Wells is liable to hold a grudge.
11. Eli Manning
Every great fighter has his nemesis, every character his antagonist. If it wasn’t for Eli Manning, Tom Brady would have six titles and few that could argue about his status as “The Best”. But Eli exists and has been a thorn in Tom’s side for years. Eli foiled the historic undefeated season in 2007. This may be enough for Tom Brady to harbor hard feelings towards the younger Manning, but maybe the feelings are mutual.
10. Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck must find a way to come out of the proverbial shadow left by Peyton Manning in Indianapolis. One thing that would certainly help is a Super Bowl victory for the Colts. Last year they had their big shot, but lost to Brady’s Patriots in the AFC championship game. The game where the Deflategate scandal began. Tom Brady was “aware” that footballs were being deflated before the game. Maybe, just maybe, Andrew Luck feels that he was cheated of his best chance to win a Super Bowl by his conference-rival Tom Brady.
9. Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis has seemed to be all over the place in his assessment and/or feelings towards Brady. At times, he’s called Brady the best player he ever played against, but the animosity from those playoff battles must still resonate with Lewis. He went on a big rant about how Brady lucked out from the tuck rule.
“The only reason we know who Tom Brady is, because of a tuck rule,” Lewis said. “There’s no such thing as a tuck rule! If the ball is in your hand, and I knock it out your hand, whether it’s going backwards, forwards, lateral, sideways, however it’s coming out, that’s a freaking fumble. “But guess what we created? We created a freaking tuck rule!”
8. Rex Ryan
Rex Ryan in a way is a perfect representative for the Bills and their fanbase. Bills fans have a special place in their heart for Tom Brady, a place of animosity. He has a 24-3 record against the Bills in his career. The last time he came to town Bills fans were hopeful, but he deflated their aspirations when he passed for more yardage (461) than any quarterback ever against the Bills. Ryan is now steering the ship in Buffalo and his defense was embarrassed by the Pats in Week 2. Ryan has said he thinks New England was purposely trying to humiliate Buffalo and the fans must feel the same way.
Tom Brady seems un-phased by the team’s distaste for him and just continues to re-write greatness at the quarterback position. The Patriots are in the same division as the Bills, making this hatred especially personal and close. Ryan’s rivalry with Brady and the Pats goes back to his days as head coach of the Jets, where Brady was still a thorn in his side.
7. Pete Carroll
The Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII and were looking for a repeat in 2015 when coach Carroll made the call “heard round the world”. He has has been scrutinized to the tenth degree since his last play call in the Super Bowl backfired. Pete’s anguish could have been avoided had Tom Brady not led his Patriots down the field on the previous possession to take the lead in the game. Another Super Bowl dream dashed by Tom Brady’s field magic. Fuel for fury?
6. Richard Sherman
The feud of fury between Sherman and Brady has been tweeted, facebooked, and journalized enough to fill a library. Richard Sherman and Tom Brady’s trash-talking relationship began October 24, 2012 when the underdog Seahawks came from behind in the fourth quarter and beat the Patriots. This rivalry has only been strengthened by the Pats Super Bowl victory over Sherman’s Seahawks when the infamous play call at the 1-yard line ended the Seahawks reign as champs. After that game Brady may have been tempted to ask Sherman “u mad bro?”
5. Charles Woodson
While Charles Woodson seems to respect Brady, if any man on this list has a reason to hate Brady, it’s the guy who was robbed of a playoff victory, and possibly a Super Bowl to him. Woodson of course, is the one that stripped Brady of the football in the infamous “Tuck Rule” game in the year the Pats won their first Super Bowl. Brady benefitted from the outrageous rule and Woodson’s Raiders were robbed. While the following comments may have been tongue in cheek, there has to be some truth to them.
“If they make the correct call — which they did at first, then they overturned it — this (10)-game playoff streak that Tom Brady has? It never happened. Tom Brady owes me his house. I’m the reason why he’s married to who he’s married to. I’m a reason for a lot of that. Everything. Because they overturned that call.”
“Tom. C’mon now. Fess up. It was a fumble. It’s still a fumble.”
4. Bridget Moynahan
This model turned mom is the mother of Tom Brady’s son Jack. The two dated for a couple years from 2004-06. Of everyone in this list she has reason to have hard feelings towards her former heartthrob. Brady broke up with her while she was pregnant and began dating his current wife Gisele Bundchen. Though Bridget and Gisele have a civil relationship now, at first tensions were high. They have learned to accept the fact, for Jack’s sake, that they need to be decent to one another.
3. Roger Goodell
Deflategate has made Tom Brady Public Enemy Number One. And no one has more ill-will towards Mr. Brady than Roger Goodell. Roger, the commissioner of the NFL, was wielding his authority when he suspended Tom Brady for four games for his part in deflating footballs before the AFC Championship game. Was it an overreach of his power? Was he trying to make an example of Tom Terrific? Who knows, but one thing we do know is that he was emasculated by the courts, and players declared the real power in the league.
2. President Obama
Politics, politics, politics; everyone has an opinion on politics, but politicians also have opinions on Tom Brady. After the deflategate scandal blew up in smoke before Super Bowl XLIX, the White House had an official opinion about Brady’s perceived lack of skill in lying. A skill that every politician must learn to master if he has any chance. Presumably, Brady was offended by the unkind gesture, and decided not to attend the post-Super Bowl visit to the White House. Brady had visited the White House under Bush’s administration, and has openly endorsed Donald Trump for President – maybe Brady does not like Obama, and maybe President Obama shares the sentiment.
1. Average Joe
For the average guy on e-harmonym people like Tom Brady make him sick. Jealousy, yes of course it is. It is just not possible for one man to have it all – good looks, model girlfriend, lots of money, winning championships, and the list could go on. Your average Joe cannot identify with a guy like that, and for that reason he roots against him, rejoices when he loses, laughs when he looks like an idiot, and throws a party when he gets in trouble for cheating. But secretly he wishes he was Tom Brady…
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