At 38, Tom Brady is outperforming players half his age. Whether the Deflategate chatter served as a motivation or not, the New England Patriots quarterback is playing some of the best football of his career. A recent poll conducted by ESPN revealed Brady as the mid-season MVP.
Despite Brady’s illustrious career that includes four Super Bowl titles, three Super Bowl MVP awards, two NFL MVP awards and 10 Pro Bowl selections, the Patriots icon still hurts from the two Super Bowl defeats that his team suffered at the hands of New York Giants in 2007 and 2011.
Brady’s 2007 Patriots stormed into the Super Bowl with a regular season record of 16-0, while outscoring opponents by 315 points. It remains the first, and only, 16-game undefeated campaign in the 95-year history of the NFL.
Despite the bitter end to that 2007 campaign, Brady still considers the 2007 Patriots as the greatest of all time. “We had such a great team. To me, the greatest team that ever played in the NFL,” the quarterback told the NY Daily News. “We won so many games against the toughest competition that year by big margins. Wes Welker and Randy Moss in the prime of their careers at the same time along with Jabar Gaffney. We had a good running game, a great offensive line. Rodney Harrison, Tedy Bruschi, Asante Samuel — we had incredible talent and our offense was so prolific.”
Brady continued, “It was an incredible year. Then to lose — we lost to a really good football team who played really well that particular day and it took some pretty great plays to beat us.”
This Sunday, Brady’s 8-0 Patriots will have a chance to erase some of those bad memories against the Giants. Is this the year when the Patriots go 16-0 again?