I have a dirty confession: I was rooting for the Patriots to win the Super Bowl. Yes, I’m human.
Many were rooting against the Patriots because of the friendship Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have with Donald Trump, but all I saw was a man with a will to win.
A guy who was forced to share time at Quarterback when he went to the University of Michigan. Then he was picked as an after-thought in the 6th round and was never expected to be anything more than a backup.
In our society we teach our kids to never give up; to always grasp the opportunity you get given. Brady did just that.
He took over and led the Patriots to a Super Bowl and then slowly built himself into the greatest QB to ever play in the NFL. This was done through hard work, dedication and an absolute obsession with being the best. Tom Brady lives, eats, sleeps and breathes football and his constant desire to be the best fuels his success.
That incredible comeback on Sunday was just the most recent of Brady’s heroics. He’s been dominating the game of football for nearly my entire life, 17 years. The same can be said of Bill Belichick. He spent 16 years as an assistant coach earning his chance, eventually becoming a Head Coach with the Cleveland Browns in 1991. He had moderate success, but after a disastrous year in 1995, he was fired.
He could have easily given up, but he didn’t. Instead, he went back to being an assistant coach, trying to earn another chance to lead a team. In 2000, that chance came his way, when the New England Patriots hired him to take over as Head Coach. The Browns situation was clearly still on his mind and he was determined to be successful this time. He worked harder than anybody and meticulously planned for every situation. Everyone has failed with the Browns, so even the genius of Belichick couldn’t help them.
In all, 17 consecutive winning seasons with 15 division titles, 11 AFC championship appearances, and five Super Bowl victories show that every sacrifice he has made and all the work he has put in has been worth it. That’s why I had the most unpopular of unpopular NFL views – I wanted the Patriots to win yet another Super Bowl.