I see that Tom Brady was his usual classy self when he issued a statement earlier this week praising Lloyd Carr after the Coach announced he was stepping down at Michigan. After all these years, we'd expect nothing else from Brady. I'm wondering, however, if there is any view or information on TB's true feelings towards Carr. It's now legendary that Brady fell to the Sixth Round and pick #199 in 2000, behind such memorable QB draftees as Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Tee Martin and Spergon Wynn (as well as Chad Pennington and Mark Bulger). He fell there because of the perception that he wasn't "good enough" to take the starter's job in his own right at Michigan, platooned with the media favorite Drew (where is he now?) Henson. I found an old article from The Sporting News on the topic (Sept 1999), which I've attached below, hopefully with enough text removed to be OK. In it, Brady shows that he the same class eight years ago that he exhibits today. I'm wondering, though, if Brady has ever spoken otherwise about Carr? Sporting News Sept 13, 1999 Stop the shuffle! Brady's the man for Michigan Mark Blaudschun The great quarterback controversy raged all summer in Ann Arbor. Drew Henson, Tom Brady. Pick one. Lloyd Carr couldn't. Not last week. Not this week. And probably not next week, and that is going to hurt Michigan. Oh, maybe not now. Certainly, no one was unhappy last Saturday after Michigan's 26-22 victory over Notre Dame in its season opener. How could they be? The Wolverines came from behind to beat the Irish in one of those can-you-believe-it type of games these two always seem to play. All Brady did was complete 17-of-24 passes for 197 yards. All he did was take the Wolverines down the field in the final minutes for a score when Michigan desperately needed a touchdown. All Henson did was complete 3-of-8 passes for 40 yards in the one quarter he played, and that was good enough for the head coach. "Drew Henson did nothing to hurt himself today," Carr said. Neither did Brady. And that's the point. Tom Brady deserves to be No. 1, not 1-A. The fifth year senior was largely responsible for Michigan's rebound last season from an 0-2 start to a 10-3 finish. ... "The competition was so close," says Carr, who got through this week by starting Brady, bringing in Henson in the second quarter and then going to Brady for the second half. "I didn't think it was fair to start one guy and not play the other" ... Brady is one of the captains. He is a classy kid who has taken the high road. When someone asked him about the situation after the Notre Dame game, Brady said, "It was never on my mind. It's not something I concern myself with." About Henson, he said, "Everyone has built up such high expectations. He's such a great player." But Brady also said something else. He said Henson was young, a second-year player. ... Good teams need leaders. Tom Brady is Michigan's leader right now. Drew Henson will be the leader next season, if he chooses to stick around. If he doesn't, ob-la-di, ob-la-da, life goes on.