Tom Brady or 19-0—Which Would You Choose?

Alex JohnsonCorrespondent IJune 28, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots walks off the field in the second half of Super Bowl XLII against the New York Giants on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  The Giants defeated the Patriots 17-14. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

An interesting hypothetical situation has created a lot of discussion lately on and sports talk radio shows around New England.

If you could choose one of the following, which would it be?:

1. Patriots beat the Giants in Super Bowl XLII and finish 19-0, then Tom Brady retires after the game?


2. The 2007 season ended just as it did and Brady stays with the team for another eight to 10 years?

It's a very interesting hypothetical to think about. In this article, I will discuss each side of the coin, then let you know my opinion on the topic.

Patriots End '07 19-0, but Brady Retires Following the Game

19-0...the sound of that is pretty. 19-0...that is an honor.

If the Patriots had finished 19-0 in 2007, it would've given them their fourth Super Bowl of the decade, easily making them the team of the decade. 

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Fans would have been able to look back many years from now, when Tom Brady and Randy Moss are sporting grey hair, and realize the 2007 Patriots were the greatest team of all time. Current young fans would be able to tell their grandchildren, "I got to watch the 2007 Patriots."

That would be special.

The Giants Win Super Bowl XLII and Brady Remains a Patriot for Another 8-10 Years

If Tom Brady had retired after the game, the possibility of New England being competitive year in and year out would be significantly lower.

There's no question Brady is a huge reason why the Patriots are in the playoffs and competing for a championship each and every season.

We saw even when Matt Cassel—who played outstanding last season—was at the helm, the team clearly wasn't the same.

With Tom Brady around for another eight to ten years, the Patriots would clearly have an opportunity to compete for a championship and make the playoffs every season.  Who knows? We could see more Super Bowls with Brady throwing the rock.

My Take

This is where everyone stops reading, right? I'll give you my opinion anyways.

I'm in favor of everything playing out the way it did, and Brady remaining a Patriot.

As a Patriots fan, it hurt and it still hurts to think about Super Bowl XLII. Sure, I'd love to see the Patriots go 19-0. That would be amazing, and to say I witnessed that would be really special.

However, I'd rather see Tom Brady at quarterback and the Patriots with a chance to win every single season. I don't want to see those 5-11, 1-15 frustrating years again. I know eventually they'll be back, but over the next decade, I want to see the Patriots compete.

That's my take, let's hear yours.