Tom Brady’s time in exile is giving him a fan’s perspective of his own team. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Tom Brady on his weekly Westwood One appearance:
“I was hoping to gain a little different perspective, and I think I have. It’s amazing the way our team responds to adversity and the way our coaches prepare us for all these different situations that we face. I’m just proud of the guys for how hard they’re working. You can see it on TV, and obviously it’s really paying off. It’s great to be a fan of the Patriots and it’s really great to be a player on the Patriots. I definitely have gained that perspective, and hopefully we get to 3-0 on Thursday night.”
We are now exactly halfway through Tom Brady’s disgraced banishment from the NFL, so it’s way too soon to be Gronk-spiking any great, karmic footballs. But is it possible that so far – with a long ways to go here – that everything is working out in the Patriots favor?
Granted, I’m not talking about those pilfered draft picks or the one million Kraft bucks that won’t ever be coming back. But with respect to Brady’s time in exile, it’s becoming more likely by the day that, when this long, regional nightmare is over we’ll all be saying that nothing but positives came out of it.
I mean, read that statement by Brady. Were I in his shoes, I’d be consumed by great vengeance and furious anger. Hell, I already am. And I am literally in his shoes, and Uggs are the most comfortable footwear I’ve ever owned. (Focus, Thornton.) But instead, he’s getting, for the first time in his career since having to sit out the 2008 season, a view of his own team from the outside looking in.
And to the surprise of no one, he’s getting a fan’s perspective. The same appreciation of the Patriots that has so enamored them of the people of the region. The way this team deals with adversity. The workmanlike way they prepare. The professionalism. The focus on what matters. While players on other teams are conducting Twitter beefs in the middle of the season like a bunch of lowlife sports media doofuses or talking about “personal hatred” of division rivals, and Colin Kaepernick is feuding with Cam Newton about which one of them introduced the Dab to pro football, the Patriots put the next game on Missile Lock and do their jobs.
It’s one of the main reasons why Patriots fans are the way they are. Why they’re so galvanized behind this team, despite the rest of the country hating them. Because they lost their franchise quarterback to persecution and the backup to injury and just continue to plug away, their eyes always fixed on doing what it takes to win LomBrady Trophy V.
The people of New England have known it for years. It’s just good to hear the guy at the epicenter of it all is getting his chance to see it from their point-of-view for a change. “It’s great to be a fan of the Patriots,” he said? Those are the most perceptive words he’s ever said.