There's no beating Brady ... ever
Page 2 of 2 -- But you don't take Tom Brady because of his numbers. You take Brady because of that look in his eyes. It's the look he had when he came in off the bench against the Jets in the second week of the 2001 season. Sure, the Pats lost that game, but here was Brady, having only attempted three passes in his rookie season of 2000, coming in for the franchise quarterback and delivering the ball with confidence. All that year, while "filling in" for the ailing Bledsoe, Brady had that look. He had that look when he found Jermaine Wiggins all over a snow covered Foxboro Stadium against the Raiders in the divisional round. Tuck rule or not, Brady won that game.
You have to take Tom Brady, because Bill Belichick did in Super Bowl XXXVI, going with the man who got the Pats there rather than Bledsoe, whose fire off the bench had guided the Pats a week before in Pittsburgh. And Brady knocked off the 14-point favorite Rams, going head to head with Kurt Warner. He had that look in his eyes on that final drive against the Rams, so good, so cool, so perfect it was scary.
Brady was Brady as he led the Pats to win twelve straight games to close out the 2003 season, from the OT win in Miami, to the domination the Bills in final regular-season game. The look was there when the Pats beat the Titans in frigid cold and smashed the Colts on a sloppy day in Foxboro. And he had that look again in the Super Bowl last season, once again driving his Patriots into Vinatieri range.
And so you take Tom Brady because of that look in his eyes. It's the look that tells you he is 8-0 in the playoffs, has two Super Bowl MVPs to match his two rings, is the winningest quarterback in the modern era and is being compared to Joe Montana on a daily basis.
And yet he couldn't care less about those things because he still has a game to win and nothing else, past or future, could matter more. It's the look that makes you know that if you absolutely, without a doubt have to win a game, Tom Brady has to be your quarterback.