‘I Would’ – Former Patriots Player Backs Tom Brady’s Wish to Trade Two Super Bowls for the Perfect Season

Published 05/17/2021, 8:45 AM EDT
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws the last pass of the game as New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) defends during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


A few weeks ago, seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady had said that he’d trade two of his Super Bowl rings to have one perfect season. The quarterback here was actually referring to 2007 when the New England Patriots went unbeaten throughout the season only to lose the Super Bowl tie.

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Only one team in the entire history of the NFL has managed to pull off a perfect season. And that was Don Shula’s Miami Dolphins back in 1972.

Brady and the Patriots went awfully close to replicating that feat only to thwarted by the New York Giants at the final step. That defeat is one that still resonates with Brady to this day.

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FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 06: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots exits the field after the Patriots 35-28 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium on December 6, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Pulling off an undefeated season is definitely something high on the cards of Brady. While many baulked at the idea of Brady trading two of his Super Bowls for one perfect season, a former teammate of his sided with the quarterback in this regard.

Tom Brady still has a shot at going unbeaten

Speaking to USA Today, former New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson said that he had a word with Brady after the QB’s comments regarding the undefeated season.

“I texted Tom. I was like, ‘I might trade one of my twins, whichever is the bad one of the day — I might trade one of them,” said Watson.

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“I only have one Super Bowl, so I can’t speak for someone who has that many to trade, but if I had that many, I would trade them, too,” he added.

Watson was drafted by the Patriots back in 2004 and played six seasons with the franchise. He was part of the ’07 side that fell one short of accomplishing the undefeated season.

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“Tom would have probably traded three for it,” Watson said. “That is something that is so special, something that would have cemented us as the greatest and kudos to the Giants for what they did. To go 18 games in a row and lose the last one, it still hurts,” he added.

Watson retired from the league after playing one last season with the Patriots back in 2019. Tom Brady, meanwhile, remarkably still has a shot at replicating the Dolphins ’72 season.

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By the time next season rolls out, Brady will be 44. But entering 2021 as last season’s Super Bowl MVP, there’s reason to believe the unbeaten season might not be a far fetched dream.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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