Tom Brady: 10 Reasons He's the Most Envied Man in Sports

David SolarCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2010

Tom Brady: 10 Reasons He's the Most Envied Man in Sports

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 14:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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    With Sunday’s 36-7 shellacking of the first-place Bears this weekend, the Patriots established themselves as the prohibitive Super Bowl favorite—even if coach Belichick will never admit it.

    Leading the charge for New England once again is Tom Brady, who looks like he’s running uncontested for the NFL’s MVP award. Over his last three games, Brady has gone 3-0 with over 1,000 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

    Even with a group of unheard-of receivers, Brady has managed to put up some of the best statistics of his career. Somehow, the Patriots traded away one of the NFL’s premier receivers and improved offensively. Brady has the Midas touch, as everything he touches seems to turn to gold.

    If the saying is true and success breeds contempt, then Brady must be truly loathed. Read on and find out the ten reasons why Tom Brady is the most envied man in sports.

Three Super Bowl Wins

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    JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 06:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Lombardi trophy after defeating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida.  Th
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    As stated before, success breeds envy, and there is no greater success than a Super Bowl victory. After Drew Bledsoe got taken out by Mo Lewis during the 2001 season, Brady led the Patriots on an improbable journey, including a victory over the highly favored St. Louis Rams.

    Two years later, Brady was back in the big game, leading his team to back-to-back Super Bowl victories over the Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

    He’s the youngest player in NFL history to play in three title games and is the measuring stick for success among NFL quarterbacks.

Looks

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    No man ever wants to address another mans looks. It’s like seeing a person with food stuck in between their teeth; you notice it…you just don’t want to awkwardly acknowledge it. Brady is a GQ cover boy that can also throw the perfect slant route.

    We’ve all heard (and probably mocked the fact) that Brady is doing advertisements for Uggs, but that’s only a piece of his endorsement deals. The ruggedly handsome quarterback has worked with Movado watches, Glaceau's Smartwater and Coca-Cola, amongst others. Despite having no personality to speak of (any doubters just watch his cameo on Entourage), Brady easily lines up endorsement deals.

    He’s not only the best at his position; he’s one of the sport's most handsome players. Quite a spite-inducing combination.

Great Athlete

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    We all know Brady is a phenomenal quarterback and future Hall-of-Famer, but does anybody realize how close he was to playing professional baseball instead?

    Brady was drafted in the 18th round of 1995 MLB draft by Montreal Expos. Imagine if Brady had gone undrafted—it’s not so implausible considering he was a sixth round pick. If that had happened, it would be easy to imagine him picking up his glove and trying a career down on the farm.

    People don’t consider Brady a great athlete, but this is a man who could have potentially played two sports at a professional level.

    He’s like that guy you went to High School with that you hated not because there was anything wrong with him, but because he almost seemed too perfect. Like anything he attempted he could succeed at. Brady is that type of person, and many of us are both bitter and envious about that.

Arguably the Greatest Season in NFL History

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    FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 07:  Tom Brady #12 and Randy Moss #84 of the New England Patriots talk in between plays in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Browns on October 7, 2007 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Br
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    What’s a quick way to draw the envy of your fellow players? To post the single greatest season in NFL history. Bold proclamation? Yes, but Brady’s 2007 season dwarfed the production of any other quarterback.

    Brady threw for just over 4,800 yards with an astounding 50 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. He completed 69 percent of his passes and posted a 117.2 QB rating to lead New England to an undefeated, 16-0, regular season.

    All season long, Brady dissected defenses with crossing routes to Welker and perfect deep balls to Moss. That season, Brady ran away with the MVP and took home player of the week award four times on the year.

    Tuning into the Patriots in 2007 was the most fun I’ve ever had watching football, but it was the type of performance that creates immense jealousy.

Gisele Bundchen

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    Say what you want about Brady’s long-flowing locks; if I were married to Gisele, I would do everything I could to appease her. She’s one of the most beautiful women in the world, and has a net worth of better than $150 million.

    Recently she’s made some odd comments—specifically those explaining how women should be arrested for not breast feeding—but she’s also a generous philanthropist who serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme.

    She’s bighearted, wealthy and drop-dead gorgeous. No wonder so many men envy Tom Terrific.

NFL Records

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    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 06:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after BenJarvus Green-Ellis #42 scored a 5-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachu
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    When you break one of the NFL’s records, you indelibly mark your name in the league’s annals. For most people accomplishing that type of feat is no more than a pip dream.

    For Tom Brady? It’s seemingly a yearly occurrence.

    Brady owns a slew of NFL records, including single-game completion percentage (92.9 percent), passing touchdowns in a quarter (five), passing touchdowns in a season (50), and single season touchdown to interception difference (plus-42).

    He was the quickest player to reach 100 wins and the only player to have 3-plus touchdowns in 10 straight games. By re-writing the record books, Brady has set the new league standard and drew the envy of his fellow quarterbacks in the process.

21-Game Winning Streak

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    PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots attempts to pass the ball before being sacked by outside linebacker Joey Porter #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the game at Heinz Field on October 31, 2004 in Pittsburgh
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    The 2007 Patriots may not have been able to pull of the 19-0 season, but they did put up an impressive winning streak in their own right. Before losing to the Steelers in October of 2004, the Patriots had won an incredible 21 consecutive games, including the playoffs. 

    In that time, Brady passed for 4,953 yards and threw only 13 interceptions to 34 touchdowns. That means that on his career, Brady has two winning streaks that last longer than the NFL’s regular season.

    It’s an astounding accomplishment that may never be duplicated.

Money

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    FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 20:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots chats with owner Robert Kraft before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    In the earlier part of his career, many football experts believed Tom Brady was taking a pay cut in order to play with the Patriots. That was how the earlier teams were created.

    Players like Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison and Mike Vrabel decided to take less money in order to play for a winning team. I’m not positive, but I think those days may be over.

    On September 10th of this year, Brady signed a lucrative four-year contract worth $72 million (including $48.5 million in guaranteed money).

    While Peyton Manning will shortly sign a new deal of his own which will likely dwarf Brady’s, it’s easy to see people envying the highest paid player in football.

Plays With Greatest Mind in Football

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 12: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots talks with a referee during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Patriots defeated the Bears 36-7. (Photo by Jonat
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    Sometimes it’s tough to know what should be attributed to Tom Brady and what should be credited to Coach Belichick. Brady is one of the most intelligent quarterbacks I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching and all that knowledge comes from learning at the feet of the master.

    This is the same coach that helped an undermanned Patriot team stop the greatest show on turf by using seven defensive backs. That engineered one of the NFL’s most potent passing attacks. Belichick is arguably the greatest football mind of our generation, and Brady has had the privilege of learning at his feet. 

    And although Eric Mangini’s name easily fit the nickname Man-genius, it’s Belichick who deserves that handle. Belichick has seen his assistants earn head coaching jobs all over the league from Romeo Crennel to Mangini to the recently canned Josh McDaniels. None of them panned out.

    No matter which assistants leave, Belichick seems to continue winning without skipping a beat. Brady has a very high football IQ, but it’s playing with Belichick that brings him to the next level.

Has Best Team in Football

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    DETROIT - NOVEMBER 25: Deion Branch #84 of the New England Patriots celebrates with teammates Tom Brady #12 and Wes Welker #83 after a fourth quarter touchdown during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 25, 2010 in Detroit, Michig
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    This season the Patriots sit on an 11-2 record and have earned the distinction of being the best team in football. Utilizing a group of quick, yet undersized receivers, Brady has put up yet another marvelous season.

    The 33-year old Michigan alum leads the league in touchdowns with 29, yet has thrown the fewest interceptions of any starter with four. His 109.9 QB rating leads the league, and his 66.8 completion percentage ranks just behind Drew Brees. In the past two weeks, Brady has manhandled the Jets and Bears by a combined score of 81-10! 

    Without much of a running game and with offensive weapons that were unable to produce in previous settings, Brady’s offense has scored an NFL-high 415 points. Perhaps the most enviable part? The Patriots are on pace to earn home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, and New England has gone 14-0 at home (not including the playoffs) over the past two seasons.

    Brady looks prepared to win his fourth Super Bowl, which could turn this harmless envy into jealousy and resentment.