Last April, the NFL announced that the forthcoming Super Bowl 50 will honor all 43 MVPs in a pre-game ceremony. At the time, Tom Brady was ecstatic at receiving the invitation.
But since that invitation, “Deflategate” happened and Brady was hailed as “a cheater” by anyone and everyone associated with football. NFL and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, turned their backs on Brady by launching an all-out assault on the character of the New England Patriots quarterback.
Not long after inviting Brady to Super Bowl 50, Goodell suspended the QB for allegedly deflating footballs below the permissible PSI. Brady fought back and had all charges dropped in an ugly court case. But, the case isn’t over. The NFL appealed and has a March 3 court date in New York.
When Brady received the invitation last April, he said in a Facebook post, “What an honor… Hope I have my helmet on for the on-field ceremony in SF! #teameffort” (see below). Of course, Brady’s helmet won’t be on display since his Patriots lost the AFC title game a few weekends ago.
‘Show some class’
And now, should Brady forgive Goodell and attend the ceremony anyway? According to acclaimed sports writer Bob Ryan, Brady should swallow his pride and do the right thing.
“He’s got to go and show some class “He may even have some fun. He may even have a quick one-liner for the commissioner. Seriously, take the highest road possible. That’s my advice to Tom Brady. Get out there,” Bob Ryan said on Comcast New England’s “Sports Sunday.”
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Regardless of the opinions surrounding him, Brady is not sure if he’d watch the game, let alone attend it. “I’m not sure. So, I don’t know. Get over these bumps and bruises, that’ll be the first thing,” Tom Brady said after the Patriots lost to Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game.
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