In the rare case I was allotted unrestricted time to sit down to do a one-on-one with Tom Brady, these are the questions I think would be most interesting in order to write a profile of the Super Bowl winning QB.
We have to get it out of the way...How is the knee?
When do you plan to be 100 percent?
Rehab is difficult for everyone, but what made you get out of bed each morning to get back to the grind of rehabilitation?
What is going to be more difficult for you—the mental aspect in trusting the knee again or the physical aspect of getting back in the game?
Which made you feel more defenseless: sitting at home watching 198 players getting picked before you in the draft or sitting and watching the Patriots play knowing you can't help them?
Why was (the answer from above) more difficult?
Your freshmen team in High School went 0-8 and scored two offensive touchdowns. At that time you were the backup! The starter quit football to focus on baseball, leaving you the job. Even after getting to Michigan you were at one point the seventh string quarterback. Now you are a three-time Super Bowl Champion, considered one of the best players in the game, and married to a world renowned super model. Have you ever sat back and realized how far you've come?
You came from relative obscurity and now you can't go anywhere without cameras following. How manage do deal with that?
While at Michigan you considered transferring to California. How close were you to transferring?
How would that have changed your career?
Lloyd Carr was said to have talked you out of it. What did he say and how much did that conversation play a role in where you are now?
Growing up your sisters were known as the athletes. Were you really considered the worst athlete of the family?
When you first met Patriots owner Robert Kraft you told him something to effect of: You're not going to regret drafting me. How did you know you would see success in the NFL?
Do you ever think what would have happen if Drew Bledsoe doesn't scramble out of the pocket against the Jets. And if Mo Lewis chaises him out of bounds instead of hitting him, where you would be?
Ever thank Mo Lewis? (sarcasm)
Shortly after Super Bowl XLII you said on a Boston radio station it wasn't hard to get over the loss because you respected the Giants, but if you lost to a team you didn't respect it would have been much more difficult to get over. Which teams don't you respect?
As good as the '07 team was, was it the best you've been on, considering it didn't win a Super Bowl? If it wasn't which team was the best?
Where does this year's edition of the Patriots potentially rank on that list?
Who is the most talented player you've played with and against? Why?
Which wide receiver past or present would you most want to throw to?
The last time you took the field for a full season with this offensive squad you broke nearly ever scoring record the league has and won 18 straight games. What are the expectations this year?
How worried are you the year off might affect your chemistry with guys like Randy Moss and Wes Welker, the two players you've only played with for one year?
In your mind have the Patriots established such a high standard of play that each year it is Super Bowl or bust?
Is that fair standard for fans to expect?
And I save the toughest question for last...Funniest Bill Belichick moment. He's human right?