2009:The Year Of Brady

Michael ChorleyContributor INovember 5, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 18:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls out the play as Sebastian Vollmer #76 listens in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans on October 18, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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   February 3 2008: Tom Brady walks off the field, dejected as his previously undefeated Patriots have just fallen to the Giants on the biggest stage in football. Brady watched helplessly as his defense gave up fourteen fourth quarter points to the Eli Manning and the scrappy Giants' offense, including a late touchdown pass from Manning to Plaxico Burress in the final minutes. 

  September 8 2008:The reigning NFL MVP Brady drops back into the pocket for a pass on opening day against the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady, poised to redeem himself after last year's let down, is firing on all cylinders. Then, out of nowwhere, Chiefs' safety Bernard Pollard hits Brady in the leg. Season over. The three-time Super Bowl winner and reigning MVP hands over the reigns to Matt Cassel, while he watches on the sidelines for the rest of the season.   

Flash forward to October 11, 2009. Brady and the 3-2 Patriots have just been stunned by the Broncos. This was supposed to be the game that exposed the Broncos, instead the Patriots' defense is criticized for not making necessary stops, the so-called washed-up Kyle Orton looks more like Brady than Brady, and Bill Belichick has to watch has his former assistant pumps his fist in victory.

  The week following the Denver debacle Brady listens to all the NFL broadcasters as they talk about how he's over the hill,how they will never be as good as the 07 team,and how the AFC East now is a race between the Jets' tenacious defense and their offense led by Mark Sanchez, against the wildcat of the Dolphins. He is reminded how good the Titans' running game is, and how they have something to play for. All week these thoughts are rattling in Brady's head.

The day of the Titans game arrives and how does Brady respond? He responds with six touchdowns passes IN THE SNOW, 5 IN THE SECOND QUARTER!!! He doesn't let up until he is finally pulled with the Patriots leading 59-0. So the question remains,how good can the Patriots be? Well many people who believe that a Saints-Colts super bowl is inevitable, have just forgotten about one man: Brady. They have forgotten about he is drive and how he has won three super bowls before. They have thought that a knee injury has damaged his athleticism, and that he can't get another ring. But to all those people i say watch out, because 09 is the year of Brady.