That was prior to Spygate, Giselle, the legend of David Tyree, and a mid-field meeting with Bernard Pollard.
Needless to say, much has changed for the one-time golden boy of the NFL. His career is in the infant stages of winding down. His team has not won the Super Bowl in half a decade.
It was once said that Brady has nothing left to prove. But as the 2009 NFL season approaches, proving that he still has "it," this may be Tom Brady's greatest challenge to date.
Don't expect the national media or national opinion to sway, however. Anything less than a Super Bowl victory would be a major disapointment for Brady and the Patriots in 2009.