Life Lessons from Tom Brady? Well…. Maybe

 

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just beat the mighty Green Bay Packers and are on their way to Super Bowl 55; coincidentally being played this year in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have won one Super Bowl. Tom Brady has taken his teams to the Super Bowl nine times and won six. We were New England Patriots fans for over twenty years while living in Boston. We’ve been in Florida since 2003 and never thought Tom Brady (or Gronkowski) would relocate their careers and homes to Florida. I asked my husband this evening: Is it because Tom Brady is such a good football player? He said he’s more than that, he’s an exceptional athlete, one of those rare people that is not only a team player but excels in leadership.

I thought about that comment because I had just gotten off the phone with my older cousin in Las Vegas, who asked me if I had watched the Biden Inauguration and the program after. I said no, and let her talk. She gushed about how she taped it and wept through the whole thing, “the young poet and her words and hand gestures reduced me to tears”, she said, “how Lady Gaga sang the National Anthem while gazing with so much love at our flag, then there was Jennifer Lopez and Tom Hanks.” She said they were cathartic tears after four years of hell. I knew my cousin and her husband were very liberal, and I thought she knew I was conservative, but I let her have her moment and stayed silent.

She said, “I lived in New Jersey/New York and told people back then that if Trump ever got elected, he would ruin this country and bring it down.” She used the word insurrection. I said, “Well, we’ll see how this new administration works out.” Trump was a boisterous, successful developer that I knew little about until he ran for president.

What does this have to do with Brady? When we hung up, I thought about all those that did the same thing, wept, watching this new administration take its place in American history, and the one that departed, the former president now back home in Florida. Things already “feel so much calmer, more normal,” she said.

I wanted to tell my cousin how I felt, but there is no convincing those who never understood the Trump movement; it wasn’t about a person. It was about leadership, a team effort that included the border patrol officer, the police officer, and firefighter; it included the mother, the health care worker, the soldier, the factory worker, the big corporations, and private industry as a deadly virus hit our shores, it included the unborn, the student learning about America and its history, Black colleges and inner cities, it was about the protection of faith and free speech, standing down our foes and showing courage and strength, in the face of relentless pounding.

It was never about race, skin color, gender, income, or pigeonholing potential; it was lifting everyone up together and condemning all violence, division, and hate, which is still taking place in our cities and not being condemned by the new administration. We witnessed leadership, even when the odds were relentless with the other team, via the media, Congress, and social platforms.

When the poetry and flags and star-studded songs are finished, just the people are left to watch the strategies, the strength and sheer will to win, not for a title or a legacy or a political position, but for championing the best interests of everyone. That is the mark of a true and selfless leader, not flowery words or hollow promises, but real results – it’s the fruits of the efforts that speak the loudest and will be remembered.

Tom Brady is the oldest quarterback, some who said his time has passed. Yet his skills and love of the game are as youthful as ever. The spirit in this country – the United States – that President Donald Trump inspired with so much energy, enthusiasm, and hope across all walks of life – they’ll tell you that time is past. It’s time for a Great Reset, a time to erase the memory of history, forget its lessons and replace it with something better. Like the comment in last Bond movie, ‘Skyfall’, ‘sometimes the old ways are best.’

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  1. PHCheese Member
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    @PHCheese

    But he dumped Bridget, must have brain damage.

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  2. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    It was great to watch Tom Brady.  Brilliant leadership.  I am so happy that his coach Bruce Arians will be going to the Super Bowl for the first time as a Head Coach.  The Tampa Bay Buc’s had to win three road games to make it to the Super Bowl.  Wow.  It has been done before, such as the 2005 Steelers, however it is quite infrequent, I believe for a team to win three road games in a row.

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  3. Hoyacon Member
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    It is the job of conservatives who recognize the travails of the next four years–including the green lighting of the abortion industry and open season on 74 million people–to “take one for the team” in family matters.  

    My experience may not be universal, but, in my world, it’s those family/friends on the left who feel free to constantly bloviate about Trump and that fact that the country isn’t exactly how it must be to suit them.  I don’t raise any issues relating to politics, but have to listen a lot.  I think and hope that makes me a team (family) player.

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  4. Django Member
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):

    It is the job of conservatives who recognize the travails of the next four years–including the green lighting of the abortion industry and open season on 74 million people–to “take one for the team” in family matters.

    My experience may not be universal, but, in my world, it’s those family/friends on the left who feel free to constantly bloviate about Trump and that fact that the country isn’t exactly how it must be to suit them. I don’t raise any issues relating to politics, but have to listen a lot. I think and hope that makes me a team (family) player.

    You are a better, or at least more patient, man than I. When the TDS rants start, I leave. If leaving is not an option, I tell them to shove it. There are two NeverTrumpers who won’t speak to me now, and my life is better for not having those fools in it. 

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  5. View from the B-Ark Member
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    Front Seat Cat: Tom Brady is the oldest quarterback – some who said his time has past.

    But can he kick?  George Blanda played 26 seasons in the NFL, passed for 26,920 yards, and kicked 335 field goals and 943 extra points.  As they used to say, “Let George do it.”

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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    @SusanQuinn

    Well said, FSC. Thanks!

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  7. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Front Seat Cat: Life Lessons from Tom Brady

    1. Marry a beautiful, successful wife who makes more money than you do.

    2. Always have a safety valve receiver to throw to.

     

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  8. RightMidTX Coolidge
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    It was great to watch Tom Brady. Brilliant leadership. I am so happy that his coach Bruce Arians will be going to the Super Bowl for the first time as a Head Coach. The Tampa Bay Buc’s had to win three road games to make it to the Super Bowl. Wow. It has been done before, such as the 2005 Steelers, however it is quite infrequent, I believe for a team to win three road games in a row.

    Yes, three road games, two of which were vs teams led by Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. That’s amazing in itself. 

    We shall see how the Bucs’ defense can manage the splendid Pat Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Tyreek Hill. They didn’t stop them a couple months ago. 

    I’m a Day One Bucs fan and am beyond excited to see how this plays out. 

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  9. Hoyacon Member
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    @Hoyacon

    RightMidTX (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    It was great to watch Tom Brady. Brilliant leadership. I am so happy that his coach Bruce Arians will be going to the Super Bowl for the first time as a Head Coach. The Tampa Bay Buc’s had to win three road games to make it to the Super Bowl. Wow. It has been done before, such as the 2005 Steelers, however it is quite infrequent, I believe for a team to win three road games in a row.

    Yes, three road games, two of which were vs teams led by Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. That’s amazing in itself.

    Sorry to be a spoilsport, but it’s not particularly difficult in the era of Covid where the home field advantage is significantly diminished.  Few fans, no noise, and all fields are the same dimensions.

    Winning three playoff games anywhere is the accomplishment.

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  10. Dotorimuk Coolidge
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    One of my all-time favorite headlines from The Onion:

    Tom Brady Autobiography Highlights The Highs And Highs Of Being Tom Brady

     

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  11. Manny Member
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    This was the first time in my life I actually rooted for Tom Brady. I hated the Patriots but I never hated Tom. I’m so glad he had that great victory yesterday. I wish him the best in the Super Bowl. 

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  12. Gary Robbins Reagan
    Gary Robbins
    @GaryRobbins

    Thank you for your understanding of your cousin.  However, the Daily Beast had an article about this issue.  I think that people are being a bit snowflakey.  

    “‘Donald Trump is finally gone from the White House, so you must be filled with joy, right?’

    “That was the type of question I heard from various people after Inauguration Day. Yes, I was happier the day after Joe Biden was sworn in. But even now, days after Trump is out of the White House, I’m still not ‘filled with joy.’ And as I learned from countless others—in addition to three psychologists I spoke to in in connection with this article—I’m not alone. There’s a deep unease that still lingers that is consistent—as the doctors explained—with suffering an emotional trauma that may take an extended period to resolve.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/post-trump-traumatic-syndrome-is-real-i-have-it?via=newsletter&source=BI-mid-week-digest

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