The legend of Tommy Terrific has only been growing — and maybe not so coincidentally, in the wake of the quarterback’s miraculous, comeback win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday — the longer he stays on the field. On Monday afternoon, just hours after Brady’s Patriots clinched the AFC East title, NESN.com posted a Q&A with Brady’s successor at the Harvard University quarterbacking rink, Danny O’Neil. The question, which was based entirely on the notion that Bill Belichick might be drafting Brady’s replacement, was simply, “Why don’t you request a round of golf from Tom Brady in exchange for his historic 600th touchdown ball?” The answer was, predictably, “Tommy Brady is Tommy Brady” followed by the inevitable “He’s never gonna take it.”
O’Neil was sure to point out that, yes, we heard him correctly. Brady certainly isn’t going to take his 600th touchdown ball.
“Tom Brady does not do that,” said O’Neil, as The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin recently explained. “It isn’t to sell the ball. It’s not in the possession of Patriots Enterprises or the Brady family, and it would not be available for public consumption, according to people close to Brady.” For Brady, the 6-yard touchdown pass that sealed the game was indeed his 600th touchdown pass, and it also secured the win that put his team in good position to earn the No. 1 seed for the AFC playoffs and, by extension, home-field advantage in the conference playoffs — albeit with the Chiefs facing Baltimore next week. As for the underlying scandal involving Deflategate, Brady recently admitted that the number was a bit much.
The question is, when will that be? That’s not for us to say — probably not until the end of January and possibly not even then.
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