Thoughts on Tom Brady.
Isn’t is peculiar how his “greatness” has shrunk as the entire Team lost talent and got old?? Tom Brady is certainly a remarkable NFL QB but it’s a Team sport and he’s just a part of that. I know it’s heresy to some to say as much, but Tom Brady’s “greatness” has always been predicated on how good the rest of the Team has been.
He sort of sulked yesterday and didn’t have the magic that he’s had in the past, the trouble being that he didn’t have the quality of Teammates that he’s had in the past. Absent them, he appeared as an average QB in yesterday’s game, rendered impotent by the Titans. To be honest, he looked all of a 43 year old, tired athlete by the end of the game.
He has had a an impressive career and a stellar run, but all things come to an end. Right now, the sadness of his point in time is that if he retires his last pass thrown will have been a pick-six. Professional athletes are certainly "made" different than the rest of us, they're wired in a way I don't think we can comprehend. To that end I really believe they have a hard time arriving at the decision to quit playing, that shows in the emotional Press Conferences which are held. That's where I think Brady is at now, he cannot mentally understand not playing even though his body is wearing down and the signs are probably clear to him.
I certainly hope he takes some time away, rolls everything around in his mind and consults with family and his closest friends. Retiring would be best, I think, and although he wouldn't be going out on top it's about as close to the top without being there. He hold records which will be hard to break, he has the well-deserved respect of most everyone and is esteemed by his fellow players and coaches, adored by a fanbase and even his critics. In short, he has nothing to prove to anyone, not even himself although that might be the hurdle he can't get over.
Imagine the highlight reels we'll be watching for decades, the stories that will be retold to future fans who aren't even born yet?? Think about that. I'd hate to see him try to do what Peyton Manning did and fail, that would be sad. Even worse would be an injury which ends his career. My hope is that he can reflect on how fortunate he's been, how well he has used God's Gift and find peace with that. The man has nothing to prove to anyone.