To all the New England Patriots haters, keep this in mind. There are 31 other teams Tom Brady could’ve ended up on that would now be the most hated team in football. Imagine, you could all be hating the Jets. Or the Browns. Or even the Rams. Kansas City, anyone? Then again, even a QB as great as THE GOAT can only be as good as what he’s surrounded with. What if the tables had been turned and any of the other 31 NFL quarterbacks were THE GOAT instead of Tom Brady? Imagine, you could all be hating Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger or Drew Brees. Patrick Mahomes or Jared Goff anyone? Oh wait. Those two haven’t played long enough to be THE GOAT.
When five rounds had passed and he had yet to be selected in the NFL draft, Tom Brady was pissed. Rightfully so. He knew he had something to offer some team. At that time it may not have been much. But he knew someday it would be the world. The Patriots almost passed him up. Thanks to Dick Rehbein, a Patriots assistant coach at the time who convinced Bill Belichick to draft Brady, that changed everything.
It only took one person to believe. One person to believe in Tom Brady. Dick was that person. And here we are today. Getting ready for another Super Bowl.
There will never be another GOAT. Not in our lifetime, anyway. I don’t know, maybe one hundred years from now when they’re playing football on Mars some kid will be lighting it up, take his team to twenty Super Bowls, win every game and play until he’s ninety. Who knows?
Someday what we know as this Patriots team with Tom Brady at the helm will be no more. THE GOAT will retire, Bill will follow suit. Some quarterback will have some extremely big shoes to fill. We all know this. It’s a part of life. Until that time, we sit back and enjoy the ride. May greatness reign.