Tom Brady To Pick up Where He Left off

Matthew BurkeContributor IMay 12, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field with the aid of the Patriots staff after being injured on a play during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 17-10. (Photo by Elsa Garrison/Getty Images)

The last time Tom Brady completed an NFL regular season game with a defeat was Dec. 10, 2006, a 21-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

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.

That will continue to be the expectation as long as Bill Belichick and Brady are the two New England figureheads.