Twitter Celebrates Twenty Years of Tom Brady in the NFL

Published 09/24/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
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)


On 23rd September twenty years ago, a legend was on the rise. Tom Brady, who was working his way up the team charts, finally got a chance to play. However, his appearance resulted from an on-field injury suffered by Drew Bledsoe against the New York Jets.

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Bledsoe, the then QB1 of the Patriots, chose to keep the ball and in an attempt to run across the field, collided with Mo Lewis. His collision resulted in a spike in his blood pressure and was taken to the hospital where it was discovered that his lung had collapsed.

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The defining moment of Tom Brady

Tom Brady worked his backside off throughout the season to become the QB2 quarterback to get a shot in the regular season. It was an opportunity sent from heaven to Tom and, as we all know, the rest is history.

In the 2001 season, Tom Brady led a fairly mediocre franchise to win the Lombardi Trophy. A situation nobody believed would have happened. His performances thereafter gained lots of traction, because of which Drew, after his recovery, never got a chance to play anymore.

To celebrate his 20 years as the starting quarterback, people took to Twitter to express their raw and strong emotions for Tom Brady.

Brady changed the course of NFL

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“Everyone knew Tom had the goods,” ESPN analyst and former Patriots offensive tackle Damien Woody told Yahoo Sports this week. “The intangibles, they were oozing out: smart, very driven, command, good teammate, just worked his butt off behind the scenes. You just saw Tom methodically work his way up the depth chart, so none of it was a surprise.”

“He was very coachable, and you knew if this dude got a shot, you might have something here. I could see him making things happen. That’s not just my take, but I think it’s fair to say there were a lot of guys that felt the same way.”

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – AUGUST 29: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on from the bench during the preseason game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tom changed the course of the Patriots by winning six Super Bowls during his stay with the franchise. Could it be imagined how different the NFL would have been had Drew chosen to throw the ball instead of running with it?

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Sauvik Banerjee

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Sauvik Banerjee, an NFL writer for EssentiallySports, has completed his graduation in English and Economics. The previous content marketing intern has a combined passion for both writing and NFL. He is a self-professed geek, who loves to play chess and football in his spare time.

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