For those who don’t believe that being the pretty-boy all-star quarterback can create reality out of that which is fiction, look no further than Tom Brady and the mirage that is his post-season greatness.
Before anyone starts bellyaching about Tom Brady being a terrible quarterback, that’s not the case. He’s an outstanding quarterback. He’s the offensive leader of a team that has won 3 Superbowls in the last 10-years. He was (ridiculously) awarded the Most Valuable Player in two of them when other people were probably far more deserving. Further, the New England Patriots Superbowl wins had less to do with his performances as they did with defense and clutch field goal kicking. Lately, Tom Brady has been a choke artist.
Superbowl XXXVI vs. St. Louis Rams (20-17 win)
Tom Brady was awarded the most valuable player award for his 16-for-27-145 yards, 1 touchdown performance. This is probably the game where the MVP award in the Superbowl was rendered a joke (the first that allowed fan voting to influence the outcome). While Brady certainly took the team into field goal range on the final drive, it was the real MVP of that game, Adam Vinateri, whose clutch kick won the game for the team on the final play of the game. Combine that with an outstanding performance by the Patriots defense, which forced then super-QB, Kurt Warner into two interceptions and numerous fumbles. Tom Brady was barely a game manager in his first Superbowl and walked away with an MVP over a few other deserving players – namely Adam Vinateri and Ty Law.