In his debut album, rapper Sam Adams croons that he is Boston's Boy. Sorry to rain on your parade Mr. Adams, but Tom Brady is and always will be Boston's Boy.
Sure, the competition for Boston's heart has gotten hotter in previous years. Rajon Rondo, Rob Gronkowski, David Ortiz and plenty Bruins have a legitimate argument for the Best Player in Boston. But no one compares to Brady.
Even after a depressing Super Bowl loss, he has the support of the city in his trustworthy clutches. Brady carried himself like a true sportsman after the loss. He was consoled by his wife, returned to his hotel room and left Indianapolis on a flight home that night. There were even reports that he had cried.
That's something that Gronkowski can't say.
Brady embodies everything good about Boston. The way he carries himself is everything that a city could want, minus those man-Uggs. His story is inspiring. There is no need for a retelling. The whole nation knows it by now. He came out of nowhere and became one of the greatest athletes of all time.
America can rally around an underdog. Brady has been an underdog his whole life.
I want my kids to have Brady as a role model. He represents the good in sports. He is an athlete that isn't borderline insane.
He never parties after a loss. He never raped or killed a soul. He has not taken steroids. But enough about what he hasn't done. Let us talk about what Brady has done.
He has been named SI Sportsman of the Year (2005) and AP Male Athlete of the Year (2007). He has been crowned Super Bowl champion three times. He has been to seven Pro Bowls and is a two-time NFL MVP. He is happily married to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen.
On B/R's list of Boston's Top 50 Athletes of All Time Brady ranks at No. 5. Only Larry Bird, Ted Williams, Bill Russell and Bobby Orr rank higher then he does, but he is the highest ranked active player.
That just shows the relationship between Brady and Boston. People go through life still trying to find people that respect them. In Boston, Brady is not only respected. In Boston Brady is loved.
I dare you to find one clam chowder-loving Patriots fan that doesn't own a Brady jersey. That task makes time travel look like an elementary school baking soda volcano in comparison.
This piece isn't meant to just state the achievements of Tom Terrific. But Brady is still the cream of Boston's crop, even after this terrible Super Bowl loss. Even after the rise of Rondo. Even though the Patriots have the longest title drought of all pro sports teams in Boston.
Boston will keep loving Brady. The NFL is the most popular league. Most casual Boston fans will tend to drift toward the Patriots as long as they keep winning and Brady is the most popular player on that team. His popularity is simple, but the way he has kept it is much more complex.
Brady is the Jeremy Lin for the New England Patriots. When he replaced a star, the Patriots were not up to snuff. Five Super Bowl appearances later, Tom Brady is the King of the Hill.
Sorry Sammy Adams.
Sorry Big 3 and Rondo.
Sorry Big Papi.
But until he retires Tom Brady will be Boston's Boy. And not even Eli Manning can take that away from him.
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