Saturday, January 7, 2012

Becoming Brady

     He steps up into the pocket, dodging the 400lb. missiles hurtling toward him, finds an open receiver down field and fires, putting the ball where only his man could catch it. The receiver catches the ball, and rumbles forward for a first down. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots has performed this drill many times over, whether it be in practice or in front of the masses. Last year's MVP has passed for over 5,000 yards this year, making many people wonder if he was ever human. After all, he is arguably the best quarterback in history, and is married to a supermodel. He was probably one of those highly-touted, and later highly-drafted prospects who never had to work and fight for a starting job, right? Wrong.
     Brady was an average college player his first two years at Michigan and had to compete with a freak athlete, one of those aformentioned highly touted prospects, Drew Henson. Henson played baseball and football in highschool, and according to his Michigan coach, "was the most talented quarterback I've been around." Henson's father used his son's rare and outstanding ability to play the MLB against college football coaches. Henson would always compete with Brady until that one fateful day. One man compared the two to Superman and Batman, saying that, "Batman doesn't have super powers, but he still believes he can whip Superman's ass." That was how Brady treated his stay at Michigan. He never complained, he never offered any excuses. He just worked. His passes suddenly became accurate, and his reads were nearly perfect. However, nobody wanted him.
     He was slow, and scouts believed he lacked armstrength, and as  result he plummeted to the 199th pick of the draft to the New England Patriots. There, he would have to wait for an injury to even have a chance, and he took it and ran with it. He never lost faith in himself. At Michigan, the seeds of a legend were planted, and Brady is still proving he deserves to start.



  2. I like this this one a lot. Great work.