You talk about people, you don’t even know. And you talk about places, you never go. You talk about your girl, from head to toe. I said your mouth’s moving fast, and your brain’s moving slow. -Run DMC
Public Service Announcement: Where’s Sean Salisbury when you need him? John Clayton says there’s a”possibility” Tom Brady is angry about his his expiring contract. John Clayton says there’s a”possibility” Tom Brady may holdout from training camp. He says, “Brady has to decide if he wants to create controversy by making this a big story by not showing up for the start of camp.” Listen here Clayton: I served with Tom Brady. I know Tom Brady. Tom Brady is a friend of mine. Clayton, you’re no Tom Brady!
If you read this space with any regularity, you know I *heart* Tom Brady. You know I think he’s the best quarterback who has ever been borned. You can Joe Montana me. Your daddy can Terry Bradshaw me. Heck, your granddaddy can even Johnny Unitas me. I ain’t biting. If Johnny Unitas invented the two-minute drill, Tom Brady has turned it into a fine art. He has played beat-the-clock twice at the Super Bowl and won both times. All before the age of 30, Brady has won three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots. He’s won two Super Bowl MVP trophies with the Patriots. He ain’t done yet. Not by a long shot. Not after this year, not for a very long time.
Sherman, set the wayback machime to 2005. Ahhhh, 2005. George W. Bush is inaugurated for his second term as the 43rd President of the United States. Gold Digger is playing on the radio. The Wedding Crashers is playing at the local Bijou. The Chicago White Sox sweep the Houston Astros to win the World Series for the first time since 1917. Tiger Woods claims his 4th Masters title and his 9th major. And oh yes, Tom Brady led the New England Patriots past the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX. Hooray Patriots! Hooray Tom Brady!
But that’s not all that happened with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in 2005. Besides being named Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year,” 2005 was when Tom Terrific was extended his last contract extension. At the time, he was king of the hill. He was top of the list. Head of the heap. A-number-one. He could have had it all. He didn’t take it all.
Brady: ”To be the highest-paid, or anything like that, is not going to make me feel any better. That’s not what makes me happy. In this game, the more one player gets, the more he takes away from what others can get. Is it going to make me feel any better to make an extra million, which, after taxes, is about $500,000? That million might be more important to the team.”
Put that in your pipe and smoke it Mr. Clayton. Tom Brady ain’t going nowhere. He sacrifices personal glory for the good of the team’s accomplishments time and time again. He displays the values of honor, courage, and commitment. He leads by example, from the front and out in the open. That’s not going to change now. As long as Tom Brady is still healthy, as long as he is still standing, the New England Patriots’ will always will have a chance.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!