THROWBACK: When Tom Brady Punished Alphonso Smith for Mocking Him

Published 03/01/2021, 1:13 PM EST
NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tom Brady clashes with Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu after Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Antonio Brown scores their third touchdown REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Tom Brady is the greatest of all-time. The legendary quarterback has been in the NFL for almost 2 decades. And since then, he has dominated the NFL, against several generations of players.

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Brady is an icon who has had several moments of glory in his career. Yet there are those who challenge Brady, and he is forced to teach them a lesson.

Such a thing happened with Alphonso Smith. In 2010, Smith was a part of the Detroit Lions. The Lions had dominated the game against the Patriots up until the 3rd quarter.

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But Smith made the mistake of poking the bear. He gave Brady the finger wag ahead of the 4th quarter. And Brady reminded him why he had won 3 Super Bowls (at the time).

[Highlight] Why You Should Never Taunt Tom Brady: In 2010 Alphonso Smith gives Brady the finger wag early in the 3Q. Brady proceeds to throw TDs on 4 straight drives, all targeting Smith from nfl

Brady went on to have an incredible 4th quarter. He threw for 4 touchdowns to get the Patriots the win in the game. To make things worse for Smith, Brady threw every touchdown to the man that he was marking as the defensive player responsible. Alphonso learned a valuable lesson – do not mock Tom Brady, especially with time left on the clock.

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Tom Brady always proving doubters wrong

The game against the Lions is just one of many where Tom Brady chose to teach a lesson to his opponents. Several times, Brady’s opponents have counted him out, and Brady has shown them why he is considered the greatest to ever play this game. Brady has had success several times in his career, and he has proven himself repeatedly.

For the longest time, many doubted Brady’s ability. Despite him winning 6 Super Bowls in his career, Brady had to hear that his success was due to Bill Belichick.

However, he decided to take a risk. He left the New England Patriots and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at the age of 43.

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Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Brady went on to win his 7th Super Bowl of his career, more than any other franchise in history. And he did it without Belichick.

Whereas, the Patriots struggled this season, failing to make the Playoffs. For Brady, it was vindication for. And he will want to continue to achieve more success in his career.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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