ESPN the Magazine ran a rather large article in their Boston edition a couple weeks ago, and it was an interesting read.
The article's author, Jason Schwartz, if a lifelong Bostonian and takes a rather dark look at Brady's tenure there.
Even when Brady is here, he's not. This is his 12th year with the Patriots and yet we hardly know him. It's like he walks around in a glass shield.
In short, the franchise quarterback of the hometown New England Patriots isn't a true Bostonian. You will not see him frequent the nightclub scene or hang out with fans at a local bar.
To be fair, most cities don't have these type of athletes, but Boston is different. This is a city that saw Red Sox players fill the streets following their most recent World Series and Bruins players hanging with fans following their Stanley Cup Championship last season.
Should Brady be faulted for this? I am not entirely sure.
But it does speak volumes about where Tom Brady believes he stands within the elite circle of the city and the East Coast. He is more Hollywood than Boston.
He represents the new breed of athlete that would rather have face time on a national media outlet than endear himself to the fans that spend thousands to watch him perform.
He is that type of self-involved, egocentric individual that a lot of old-timers are growing frustrated with.
Whether it is Brady's new hair cut, the gossip about the ring he bought his most recent fling or the long offseason travels to the most uppity European hot spots, Brady represents everything that I believe is wrong with professional athletes today.
More than that, just look at him sporting that New York Yankees hat. You have to be kidding me!
In the Bay Area, this would be like Frank Gore wearing an Oakland Raiders hat, but even worse.
The only way he gets away with this crap is because he has won three Super Bowls. If it weren't for that, most Patriots fans wouldn't mind seeing him swim with the fish in the Charles River.