Originally Posted by MoLewisrocks
Brady is a 35 year old grown man who has 3 rings and 3 kids and has been to 5 super bowls and undergone numerous surgical procedures as well as contract restructures and extensions. RGIII even with a prior ACL reconstruction under his belt is a 22 year old NFL rookie man child driven to prove himself at the next level and man childs tend to believe they are invincible until repeatedly proven otherwise.
Honestly I think Brady's always been like this for the most part. I think it's just in his nature. He doesn't have to be the hero all the time in the eye of public opinion.
Brady has been the
example for what it means to be an elite NFL QB and leader for like the past decade. The fact so few seems to really emulate it when it's been there for so long not only works out in our favor but also says something about how hard it must be to do that. When Ray Lewis talked about Brady's sacrifice being one of the reasons he is who he is, and how a lot of guys are not willing to do that, I believe one of the things included in that is his ability to not give in to that superstar/hero lifestyle. He has it, but he never acts like it publicly and I truly believe it is a HARD thing to do. When the entire world wants to make you their hero it must be really freaking hard to not get sucked into and give into that and remain level headed and realize you are still a "normal" human being. In some aspects I think Brady's image suffered in the short term, perfect example being how often he is overlooked for MVP considerations, and whatnot, but I think long term, it will pay off. And it's paying off for the team right now.
Even Manning, as good a dude as he is, has a bit of an ego imo and the Colts franchise suffered because of it. They wanted it to be all about Manning and the offense, and very little was put on the defense. He actually got lucky to end up with John Fox who is a very defensive minded coach and may actually end up helping his career in the end.
The difference I think is that if Bill asks next season for Tom to go back to being a game manager because they want to run the ball and make it more about the defense, I think he would and be 100% on board with it. Because I always felt Tom's ultimate goal truly was the team
winning. A lot of guys say it, with Tom I believe it. I see it. As a starting quarterback, there's a big difference between believing the quarterback position
is the most important part of the team, and the quarterback, yourself, is the most important person on the team. I think Tom believes the position
is the most important part, and he just runs it, wanting to be the best man for the job
. There is a difference. And it is
humbling if you think about it from that perspective. For example does anyone think Bret Farve would have been willing to do something like this? Even Ben cried and moaned when they wanted to change their offense last year and I truly felt it would be in his advantage.
The only guy I see close to Tom right now is Rodgers and before that Montana. Of course it should be noted Rodgers, Tom and Montana were not top draft picks. And they're all introverts if you ask me. Go figure...