New England Patriots fans are still firmly behind their Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Tom Brady.
ESPN.com noted Saturday that Patriots supporters are planning a “Free Tom Brady” rally after he was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season because of his role in Deflategate.
The article sourced a Facebook page that says the rally will take place at Patriot Place Parking Lot 4 at Gillette Stadium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET Sunday and will be a “peaceful rally to protest the unjust football arrest of half God half man Tom Brady.”
New England fans have not shied away from pledging their support for Brady since the suspension was announced. Ryan Hannable of WEEI in Boston pointed out that the movement spread to Boston Red Sox games:
Not everyone around the country is behind the Patriots quarterback, though, as ESPN’s Keith Olbermann made perfectly clear:
While Patriots fans worry about coming to the defense of the Super Bowl XLIX MVP, Brady himself is likely worried about seeing the field sooner than his current suspension dictates. He appealed the suspension through the NFL Players Association and is awaiting word.
New England will likely rely on former Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for those first four games if Brady’s suspension is not overturned or reduced. The second-year quarterback has thrown only 27 passes in his NFL career, but he threw 53 touchdowns in his final collegiate season.
He will also be surrounded by plenty of Super Bowl-winning talent, including superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski, so Garoppolo will simply need to keep the ship afloat until the “half God half man Tom Brady” returns.
The problem for the Patriots is the fact that two of those first four games come against 2014 playoff teams in the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys. Another one pits New England against a division foe in the Buffalo Bills.
It certainly will not be an easy start to the season without Brady.