There’s a lot I could say about Tom Brady departing The New England Patriots football team after twenty years.
I have so many emotions right now I cannot process it. I feel angry. I feel sad. I feel betrayed. I don’t feel happy. Maybe I will eventually. I don’t know. I guess if Tom is happy, then we should all be happy, right? But do we know if Tom is really happy? At this point do we really care?
Losing Tom is like having a family member die. Or, maybe to not be so extreme, having a child grow up and leave home.
An analogy I thought of today: having a twenty year old car and knowing it’s time to get a new car. The car you had was great. You loved it. It was your baby. It wasn’t a racehorse. It wasn’t a Porsche. It was just a very good car. It got you where you needed to go. And it had a very good “driver”. And usually a very good team of “mechanics” that took great care of that car. We drove that car for twenty years. But now it’s kind of lost its luster. It’s breaking down more often, not giving you what you used to get out of it. And, as odd as it sounds, the car knows it. And now that old jalopy is headed to the junkyard. Wherever that may be.
I think as the years progressed there is one thing Tom forgot. Especially last season. He plays for a TEAM. Not for himself. That’s what always made him and the people around him so great. It’s what separates The Patriots from the rest of the teams in the NFL. Because, until last year, nobody ever thought of just themselves on the field. Tom, of all people, should know that it takes a TEAM to win.
There is no denying that Tom Brady will always be the GOAT. Like most Patriots fans I am grateful for what Tom Brady gave us. They were twenty fantastic, often heart-stopping years. The memories will be cherished forever. We watched Tom grow up. We watched him evolve from a twenty-four-year old nobody into greatness.
No matter what the future brings for Tom Brady, New England will never forget what he brought to us.
Best of luck, Tom.
Say what you want about the New England Patriots.
I’ve read and heard all the stuff tonight, everything from saying it was the end of “an evil empire” to “good riddance”.
But if the shoe were on the other foot, these people would feel differently. What if it were THEIR team who had won 6 Super Bowls, had played in nine, had never had a losing season, won 16 division titles, 11 straight AFC east titles, all with the SAME quarterback and coach for 20 YEARS and everyone hated THEIR team? How would THEY feel to have THEIR team called derogatory names and be told that it was the end? I understand Jets and Browns fans probably wouldn’t give a shit. But guess what? Every team has a beginning and every team has an end. Even the Jets.
New England fans know the end is near. We don’t know when it’s going to end or how. But that end will just be the start of a new beginning. We’ve been at the bottom of the barrel before (for many, many years). And we now know the bottom doesn’t last forever.
Jealousy is ugly and it’s quite clear when these comments are made that it is jealousy that it stems from. But we can’t help that your team has not accomplished what our team has. Your team COULD, if your team wanted to. Any team could. Even the Jets or the Browns. Notice nobody ever gets jealous of those teams. I wonder why?
Say what you want. It may make you feel better. But it will not change the New England Patriots and the level they have reached or how their fans feel about them.
Remember the first Super Bowl the Patriots won? The Patriots were introduced before the game as a TEAM. No other team before them had even THOUGHT of doing that. Why is that? What does THAT say about any other NFL team out there? As the old saying goes: There is no “I” in the word “TEAM”. Think about it. Even an “island” needed an entire team to win.
Nothing anyone says about the Patriots will ever change what they have accomplished or how their fans feel about them. Until your team achieves even half of what the Patriots have, or even just a minuscule of what Tom Brady has, keep your comments to yourself.