Tom Brady's two regular season and Super Bowl MVP awards, to go along with his three Super Bowl rings, will one day earn him a place in Canton, Ohio—but it's Brady's leadership skills, toughness, determination, experience and ability to develop young players that make him a special quarterback.
Although Brady is not the most physically-gifted player, even for a quarterback, his hard work and determination have allowed him to develop into one of the premier passers of his generation and into an elite NFL quarterback.
A leader is always judged by his actions on the field, and Brady performs brilliantly for all of us to see. Similar to boyhood idol Joe Montana, Brady's on-field presence has allowed him to be the team leader while also becoming one of the greatest clutch performers of all time.
This past September, the reigning NFL MVP signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension to stay with the Patriots. Over the past decade, while other players have come and gone, Brady has been the constant face of the franchise. Hoping to play until he's 40, Brady will look to add a few more rings to his trophy case by the time his career is over.
No matter how much you despise Brady and the Patriots, take a minute to realize how lucky you are to be watching one of the greatest NFL players of all time. A player like him doesn't come around very often, so be thankful you got to see him play.