Tom Brady Cried on National Television, and That's Why He's Great

TeaMoe OliverContributor IApril 12, 2011

Tom Brady has a passion for football that makes him a Hall of Famer
Tom Brady has a passion for football that makes him a Hall of FamerElsa/Getty Images

He's won three Super Bowls, two Super Bowl MVPs, and two NFL MVPs.  He's been to the Pro Bowl six times, he's been on the NFL All-League team twice.  Yet when New England Patriot QB Tom Brady thinks about the day he was drafted, he tears up.  I'm okay with that, and you should be too.

Let me preface everything I say by stating that I hate Tom Brady.  However, in the past couple of days, Brady has been ridiculed unjustly, to the point that it makes me angry.  I will be short and to the point.

"Look at everything he has now," people say, "he's got the hottest wife in the world and millions of dollars, what a baby."  No one understands the point.  The point is that Tom Brady's lifelong dream was the play in the NFL, and during the 2000 NFL draft he saw his dream slipping away.  

The thought of losing that dream was so horrifying to him that he still gets emotional to this day.  Brady wasn't sitting there crying as a multi-millionaire, he was sitting there crying as a kid in his house with his parents, watching his fate unfold on national television.

So how is it possible that a sixth-round pick like Tom Brady could turn into arguably one of the best players in the history of the NFL, while some first round picks falter?  Brady gets it.  In 2000 he got it. Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right.  

He has appreciated the opportunity that the Patriots gave him, and has been on a mission to thank them with his hard work and effort ever since he first put on a Patriots uniform.  He showed just how grateful he was in 2000 when he shed some tears in 2011 recalling the day his name was called.  By crying he showed his immense passion for the the game, this passion has him knocking on the door in Canton.

Tom Brady crying shows what playing in the NFL, or what any aspect of life is all about.  Being thankful for what you are given, and work hard at everything you do.  Maybe if Ryan Leaf would have slipped a couple rounds, he would've gotten it too.