3 Reasons Why People Don't Like Tom Brady

3 Reasons Why People Don't Like Tom Brady

Why The NFL Superstar Isn't A Favorite

You know the name: Tom Brady. He has come into the game of football and shown people that a 6th round draft pick become one of the greatest quarterbacks to play the game. It's the perfect underdog story. Brady was drafted 199th in the sixth round and only got his chance because Drew Bledsoe got crushed by Jets' linebacker Mo Lewis.

He then went on to win the Super Bowl that year and never looked back. Brady now has four rings and has to be considered in the conversation of "Best Quarterback of All Time."

But why do people hate Tom Brady so much? Why do people hate to root for the man who used to be the perfect Cinderella story?

1. He wins.

All the time. Ever since he stepped in and took over for Bledsoe he created a winning culture in New England that stands strong 15 years later. NFL fans - both in New England and nationwide - expect the Patriots to play as the favorites week in and week out. People may have thought the underdog story was cute the first time but now that he's a four-time Super Bowl champion people are sick of seeing him winning. People want change and with Tom Brady reaching the AFC championship practically every year change is not in the foreseeable future as long as he's taking snaps. You've seen other quarterbacks step in and try to take reign of the AFC: Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Joe Flacco (to name a few), but none have been successful. Week after week, NFL viewers tune in to Patriots games hoping and praying that the Patriots fail because of the winning culture Brady has created.

2. Cheating Allegations.

The reason why all of the Tom Brady hate seems justified. It all began with "Spygate" in 2007 when Bill Belichick was deemed a cheater after getting caught by league officials for video taping opponents' practices from an illegal location. Once this story hit, the NFL community went crazy by accusing Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of being cheaters and shaming their success because of it. People wasted no time using this as a way to justify Tom Brady's success. Then came "Deflategate." The big time story in which Tom Brady was accused of having Patriots employees deflating the game footballs to an illegal amount before games in order to provide him an advantage since he allegedly liked playing with slightly-deflated footballs.

3. His personal life.

Tom Brady also took on a deal with Uggs and it wan't long before they had him modeling the men's line of shoes. Uggs was traditionally a women's style shoe for a long time before they opened their men's line and Brady received a lot of backlash as being a "pretty boy." It also doesn't help his case that his wife is an international supermodel and makes more money than he does. Gisele was more famous than Tom Brady and arguably still is. Because Tom Brady's life is seemingly picture-perfect, it's not hard for people to title him as "America's Pretty Boy."

All of these reasons combined attribute to our nation's collective hate for the football star and it angers New England fans. New England fans might claim that this is unfair, and it just may be. Brady was ruled innocent of "Deflategate" accusations and had no part in "Spygate," so it's fair to say that people simply use those situations as fair ways to claim that he's a cheater just because of the organization he plays for.

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You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

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The First Time My Mistakes No Longer Controlled My Life

Mistakes suck, and though I've conquered a few, I'm still learning.


The whistle blows as the team cheers on.

My heart pounds as if it will burst out of my chest at any given moment and I taste the salty sweat trickling down my face. I must serve over the net, I must get it in, I must ace my opponent or I will fail. Fear.

In his first inaugural speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously stated, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Such a statement proves powerful to the matured minds of society; however, in the minds of some adolescents, this declaration appears somewhat foolish, as numerous "threats" ignite fear, thus causing teens to grow anxious.

A major cause for fear in the rising generation takes form in failure. In the eyes of these people, making a simple mistake paves the way towards absolute failure; therefore, perfectionists constantly walk on eggshells attempting to do the impossible: avoid human error. This mentality gives way to constant stress and overall disappointment, as perfection does not apply to human beings. If one can come to the realization that not one person can attain perfection, they can choose to live life in ease, for they no longer have to apply constant pressure upon themselves to master excellence. The fear of failure will no longer encumber their existence, and they can overcome situations that initially brought great anxiety. I too once put great pressure on myself to maintain perfection, and as a result, felt constantly burdened by my mistakes. However, when I realized the inevitability of those mistakes, it opened the door for great opportunities. The first time I recognized that failure serves as a tool for growth allowed me to no longer fear my mistakes, and instead utilize them for my own personal growth.

The whistle blows as the team cheers on. My heart pounds as if it will burst out of my chest at any given moment, and I taste the salty sweat trickling down my face. I must serve over the net, I must get it in, I must ace my opponent. As hard as I try, I fail; as the ball flies straight into the net and thuds obnoxiously onto the gym floor, so does my confidence. I feel utter defeat, as I know my fate. My eyes water as my coach immediately pulls me from the game, sits me on the bench, and tells me to "get my head into the game" instead of dwindling on past errors. From then on I rarely step foot on the court, and instead, ride the bench for the remainder of the season. I feel defeated. However, life does not end, and much to my surprise, this mistake does not cause failure in every aspect of my life. Over time, I gradually realize that life does not end just because of failure. Instead, mistakes and failure pave the way toward emotional development and allows one to build character. In recognizing that simple slip-ups do not lead to utter failure, I gain perspective: one's single mistake does not cause their final downfall. Thus, this epiphany allowed for my mental growth and led me to overcome once challenging obstacles.

Instead of viewing mistakes as burdens, one should utilize them as motivation for future endeavors. The lesson proves simple: all can learn from their mistakes. However, it is a matter of choosing to learn from these mistakes that decide one's future growth. Instead of pushing faults away, I now acknowledge them in order to progress. Before coming to such a realization, I constantly "played it safe" in sports, fearing that giving my best effort would lead to greater error. I did not try, and as a result, I rarely failed.

Although such a mentality brought forth limited loss in terms of overall team success, it also brought forth limited, individual success. Today, fear of failure no longer controls life on the court. I use my mistakes as motivation to get better; instead of dwindling on an error made five minutes prior, I focus on the form needed to correct it. As a result, skills will constantly improve, instead of regress. Thus, errors serve as blessings, as it is through these errors in which one can possess the motivation to better themselves.

For some, fear acts as an ever-present force that controls every aspect of life. In particular, the fear of failure encumbers perfectionists, as the mere thought of failing causes great anxieties. In the past, I have fell victim to the fear of committing a mistake, and as a result, could not go through life without feeling an overwhelming sense of defeat. However, in a moment of what appeared to be a great failure, I finally recognized that life does not end due to one mistake, let alone one million. Instead, mistakes pave the way toward personal development and provide essential motivation to succeed in everyday life. Without mistakes, it proves difficult to grow in character. One must first learn to accept their faults before they can appreciate their best qualities. Thus, the fear of failure inhibits the growth of an individual; therefore, all must come to the realization that essentialness of mistakes, as they allow for the further development of overall character.

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