Since Tom Brady took over as starting quarterback for the New England Patriots, he has been a dominant force in the NFL on and off the field. Now a seasoned veteran, Brady continues to have regular season success, having two of his best seasons happen in the past three years.
But, could it be that Tom Brady as we know him no longer exists? Will he be able to cope with another Super Bowl loss? It is more than likely that Brady will still continue to be good in this league, perhaps one of the best. But there is a slight chance that Tom Brady "the immortal," will be gone forever.
Three or four years ago, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning were the immortals in this league. But now, there is a chance that they are being phased out by a new batch of talent in guys like Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton.
It seems improbable, but what can possibly cause a superstar quarterback, fresh off a Super Bowl appearance, to fall from the ranks of the NFL's immortals? The short answer to that is a loss of dominance. Dominance covers all areas of the game on and off the field. An immortal is someone you can't stop hearing about on the field and someone you can't get rid of in the media.
As of right now, Brady still has it. I personally would consider him an immortal and a continued dominant force in this league. But in 2012, what could possibly cause Tom Brady to fall from these ranks?