With the incredible comeback he led in Super Bowl XLI, Tom Brady officially etched in his name as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. What Brady has been able to accomplish on the field during his 17 year career is legendary. He has the most Super Bowl rings of all-time for a quarterback with five, and he was only minutes away from winning in his two other Super Bowls (more on that below). Not only does Brady seemingly always win on the field, he's absolutely crushing life off of it as well. Brady is married to an uber-wealthy, former Victoria Secret supermodel in Gisele Bundchen. If Tom Brady is considered one of the Greek Gods of the NFL, then Gisele is his stunningly beautiful goddess. The two have a gorgeous family and seem to stay pretty low key during the offseason.
But unless you hail from Massachusetts (shout-out to all you massholes out there reading this), there seems to be an aura around Tom Brady that rubs people the wrong way. For all of his great feats, he is seemingly more known for his trivial off the field issues like whether or not he instructed a New England staff member to deflate game balls. Every attempt to throw shade on his shining G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) trophy only motivates him even more and he comes back stronger. He's like a human version of the comic book villain Doomsday.
So what is this article all about then? This article discusses 15 things about Tom Brady that fans would like to just forget about. Most of these things are small and are just things that fans should get over and move on from. Other items are things that Brady did in the past, or continues to do, that annoys NFL fans. The purpose of this list is to approach these issues, grieve for about 5 seconds, and then forget about it completely so that everybody can just sit back and enjoy the greatness that is Tom Brady. Let's get started.
First things first, we need to get this one off the table. In the 2014 AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, it was alleged that the game balls for the Patriots were slightly deflated, thus allowing Tom Brady to have a better grip on the ball. What made this worse were reports that Tom Brady specifically requested that the balls be deflated and had Patriots staff do so behind the NFL's watchful eye. An investigation was done and the NFL handed Brady a four-game suspension.
Brady appealed the suspension and this started a two-year roller-coaster of drama between Brady and the NFL. He could have appealed his suspension all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and a victory in Brady's favor would have changed the power in which NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can make arbitrary decisions, like suspending Brady. Ultimately Brady served the four-game suspension but had the last laugh when Goodell was forced to hand Brady the Super Bowl LI MVP trophy. Brady wins, Goodell loses; now can we please finally move on from Deflategate?
14 He's The Face of Ugg Boots for Men
Ugg boots and yoga pants go together like peanut butter and jelly. But Ugg boots were always known as being marketed for women, that is until they signed Tom Brady to be the face of their men's catalog. Brady could have been the face of Nike or Adidas, but instead is most commonly seen in ads wearing his comfortable, soft, and warm looking Ugg boots (disclaimer: this is not a paid advertisement for Uggs).
Honestly, there are maybe a handful of players in the NFL who could get away with having an Ugg sponsorship and still be considered the All-American quarterback type and one of those guys is Brady. While it's easy to mock him for his Ugg boot ads, he's laughing all the way to the bank with his sponsorship money. Plus, look now, he has all of us thinking about Ugg boots as we read this. Good luck forgetting that Tom Brady is the face of Ugg boots now.
13 He Had a Child Before Gisele
The NFL's version of a power couple simply epitomizes the ideal of "couples goals." Gisele, the former Victoria Secret Supermodel, has been a ride or die with Brady since the two began dating in 2006. Although Brady and Gisele have been dating since 2006, Tom Brady had a son in early 2007 with actress, and former girlfriend, Bridget Moynahan. Brady and Moynahan's son is named John. I'm not saying that Brady cheated on Bridget with Gisele or the other way around, but I'm saying the overlapping dates don't add up.
Regardless, Brady and Gisele went on to have two children of their own, but Brady will always be connected to Moynahan because of the son the two share. At least it appears from Moynahan's Twitter that there is no bad blood between the two exes, as their son John was wearing a Brady Patriots jersey during the 2016-17 Super Bowl in Houston. Things happen and Brady seems to remain a loving father so try not to hold too big of a grudge.
12 He Can't Beat Eli Manning in the Super Bowl
Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all-time and is now the most decorated postseason quarterback in NFL history. His career playoff record is an astounding 25-7, giving him nine more wins the next closest quarterback (Joe Montana). Where Brady really distances himself is the fact he is the only quarterback in NFL history to win five Super Bowls. While five Super Bowls is remarkable and record-setting, Brady came extremely close to having seven Super Bowl rings.
His two Super Bowl losses came at the hands of Eli Manning. Brady had so many epic AFC Championship battles with Peyton Manning that it was only fitting that Eli is the quarterback who is Brady and the Patriots' kryptonite. Both of those Super Bowls looked like Brady was sure to be the victor, but each time Eli would snatch the win in the final minutes. Brady is probably hoping for a Patriots vs. Giants Super Bowl in 2018 so he can finally get his redemption.
11 Dancing in Brazil during Carnival
While Brady is deft at dancing around the pocket on Sundays, he is far from a talented dancer off the field. In 2011, Brady was filmed dancing in the streets of Brazil during the famed Brazilian holiday, Carnival. Brady's dancing resembled a middle-aged dad trying to fit in during a Skrillex performance at Coachella. They just don't get it. If you're in need of a laugh, you should do a quick search for the footage of Brady in Brazil on Youtube.
To top things off, Brady was sporting a killer ponytail. From the hair, to the outfit, to his dance moves, it was clear that Brady was fully living in the moment. It is also clear, however, that Brady should avoid agreeing to any offers from Dancing With the Stars once his playing career ends. Regardless, it was good to see him cut loose and enjoy partaking in the festivities. Do you TB! Be warned, you can't unsee his dance moves if you do look it up.
10 He Plans to Play Until 2025
In a 2015 interview, Brady stated that he was hoping he could play in the NFL for another 10 years. That would mean that Brady is still an active NFL player in the year 2025, at the ripe old age of 48 years old. This brings up two thoughts; (1) has Brady lost his mind? and (2) I wonder how many Super Bowls he would have by then?
It's a testament to his skill and how easy he can make the game look that it actually seems plausible that Brady could play until 2025, if he so desired. It seems incredibly unrealistic at the age of 39 that Brady could endure another eight NFL seasons, but it is Tom Brady so anything seems possible. For now, don't read too much into this idea as it seems very hypothetical. Moreover, maybe Brady himself should just forget about this idea as well.
9 The Tuck Rule
The infamous "Tuck Rule" was started by Tom Brady. Yes, that rule that sparks intense debates between fans on whether a quarterback's arm was indeed moving forward when the ball comes out. Sometimes this rule results in a legitimate incomplete pass call, but other times it ends in a way that gives the benefit of the doubt to the quarterback. I've seen numerous cases where the quarterback's arm is moving forward at the time he loses the ball, but his arm was only moving forward because of momentum from the massive hit he just received.
The Tuck Rule came into play in one of the biggest moments of Brady's career. Had the officials not changed the original fumble call and ruled the play an incomplete pass, the Patriots would have likely lost to the Oakland Raiders in that AFC Divisional playoff game. The Patriots went on to win their first Super Bowl that season and Brady became an instant legend. Try to forget about this historic moment instead of immediately cursing Brady's name next time your team gets screwed by the Tuck Rule.
8 He Grew Up a 49ers Fan
Tom Brady grew up in Northern California so by nature he was a huge San Francisco 49ers fan. A team that had Joe Montana at the helm was certainly not a bad choice to idolize for a kid who would one day pass Montana as the greatest quarterback of all-time. Brady and Montana share similar qualities in their quarterback style that would lead one to believe that Montana had a huge influence during Brady's youth.
But all the hoopla that surrounded Brady when he played the 49ers in Santa Clara this past season was simply annoying. Of course he had a favorite team growing up, all NFL players did. There are a lucky few who get the honor to lace em' up for their childhood team and Brady isn't one of them. Does it mean he's not going to try as hard because he's playing the 49ers? Of course not. It's time to forget about his old 49er ways, although it would be interesting to hear who Brady roots for during seasons in which the Patriots get eliminated.
7 His Game Against the Ravens in the 2009 Playoffs
It's not often that Tom Brady and the Patriots get knocked out of the playoffs in the first round but that is exactly what happened in 2009. What could easily be considered Brady's worst game of his professional career ended in an embarrassing 33-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Brady had three first quarter turnovers (1 fumble, 2 interceptions) that cost the Patriots dearly and thwarted any thoughts of another Super Bowl run.
The game is an anomaly for Brady, as it set a new low point for his playoff career (remember that this was the season following his brutal torn ACL injury). The loss was so shocking to many fans because it was Brady's first ever home playoff loss and the first home loss for New England in over 30 years. Clearly this game did not deter Brady's supreme confidence, but let's cut him some slack and forget about the 2009 playoffs.
6 His Wife Is Worth (Much) More Than Him
It's safe to assume that anybody reading this would trade places with Tom Brady. The guy has it all; greatest quarterback of all time, Hollywood good looks, super-model wife and more money than he could ever possibly need. But incredibly, Brady was still able to marry-up when he married Gisele. The two formed an ultimate power couple. Now this next part may be frustrating to hear so you might want to sit down.
Brady's estimated net worth currently sits at approximately $180 million. Gisele's estimated net worth currently sits at an astounding $360 million. Yes, the former Victoria Secret Angel is worth approximately two times as much as the five-time Super Bowl champion Brady. Do the math and they have a combined net worth of $540 million. Don't let that sink in, it's much better to just move on so that it doesn't sit with you during a slow, traffic filled commute to work tomorrow.
5 The Torn ACL Brady Suffered in 2008
Given the Patriots' dominance over the past decade-plus, many people don't remember that Brady missed the entire season in 2008 because of a torn ACL he suffered in the first game of the season. It was a debilitating blow to the franchise and was the main cause the Patriots missed the playoffs that season. Incredibly that was the Patriots' one season in the past 14 in which they failed to reach the postseason.
The people who haven't forgotten about that injury? Fantasy football owners who selected Tom Brady with one of the first overall picks in the 2008 fantasy football draft. Coming off an MVP season, many fans had Brady at the top of the draft boards and for good reason. Those that were able to select him surely were screwed that season after Brady went down in Week 1. To those poor fantasy owners; I know it probably still stings a bit, but it's time to forgive and forget.
4 The Justin Bieber Haircut Phase
In 2010, fans began to notice that Brady's newest hairstyle was remarkably similar to the young pop-star Justin Bieber. It was far removed from the short, neat look that Brady was always known for rocking early in his career. But there was something about it that just didn't fit. Brady is handsome enough to pull off nearly any hairstyle he wants, but for some reason this one (and the ponytail in Brazil) did not sit right with mainstream America.
It was probably because of the similarities the hairstyle drew to the smug and often arrogant Bieber, but Brady seemed unfazed by the criticism. Even Bieber himself threw shade at Brady when he rapped, "Call up Mr. Brady. Tell him to leave his hair to the guy who sings "Baby." Whatever that means. As lame as that diss was by the Biebs, it was clear that the hairstyle had to go sooner, rather than later. If you're reading this and thinking of getting "The Bieber Cut," you should probably just forget about it now and thank me later.
3 He Was Drafted By the Montreal Expos in 1995
Yes, the greatest quarterback in NFL history came close to never pursuing a football career at all. Brady was a standout football and baseball player in high school and was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB Draft. Brady was a big, left-handed hitting catcher coming out of a baseball powerhouse high school that also produced former MLB legend Barry Bonds. So of course scouts were drooling over him.
But Brady stayed true to his commitment to play football at the University of Michigan. In hindsight, it is clear that Brady made the correct choice by pursuing a football career over a shot at the MLB. It's crazy to think about how different the NFL would be without Tom Brady's dominance the past 17 years. Thankfully we don't have to worry about that so we might as well just forget it ever almost happened.
2 His "Big Balls" in 2005
What is it with Brady and balls? In a post deflategate world, Tom Brady is synonymous with deflated footballs. But in 2005, Tom Brady's balls (testicles) were far from deflated. Brady suffered a sports hernia during a Week 14 game that caused an unfortunate medical condition on Brady's man jewels. It was reported that the injury had caused Brady's testicles to swell to nearly three times the normal size.
Like any run of the mill legend, Brady continued to play through the injury and led the Patriots into the postseason. In that postseason, Brady suffered his first playoff loss ever when the Patriots were defeated by the Denver Broncos. Whether his injury had an affect is unknown given the fact that Brady actually performed pretty well in the game. Regardless, it's clear that whether Brady is playing with swollen or deflated balls, he's always a clutch performer.
1 Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time)
Now I realize this list is supposed to be 15 things fans would like to forget about Tom Brady, but I wanted to make it clear that us fans should never forget about Brady's dominance. Whether you hate him or love him, you have to respect what he has accomplished in his time in the NFL. His postseason records alone are legendary and he just became the first quarterback to win five Super Bowls.
His overall career stats, however, are even more impressive and make it hard to argue that Brady is anything but the greatest of all time. He has missed the playoffs in only one of his 17 seasons in which he was healthy. That in itself is mind-blowing. I'm not a Patriots fan but I do understand that I'm fortunate to have grown up during an era that featured a quarterback like Brady. It's okay if you dislike Brady, but whatever you do just DO NOT ever forget about his on the field greatness.