Cheater, system quarterback, can’t run, can’t throw a deep ball, dump and drop, can only win a Super Bowl with a legit defense to back him up.

I’m sure you’ve heard these reasons before (probably from a fan who roots for a losing franchise).

Why do people say things like this? Oh, I know, they hate Tom Brady. But why? One word: Jealousy.

What defines the American dream? Isn’t it someone who works their tail off constantly, handed nothing in life and somehow can make the best of it? Well, Tom Brady did just that, so why do people hate that?

At 39 years old, most people would consider Tom Brady’s life wonderfully complete. Super model wife, family, fame, fortune, four championships. But according to Tom, he is far from finished.

An Unlikely Success Story

However, none of this came easy for Brady, who has battled adversity throughout his entire sports career. Brady pulls from San Mateo, California, starting at the bottom of the high school’s depth chart each season. Freshman year of high school, all the way to his senior year at Michigan. And again his first season in a New England Patriot uniform. He started at the bottom at every point in his life and dealt with adversity. Today, he’s become arguably the most dominant athlete of all time. How can you hate that?

Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Peyton Manning, remember those guys? Argued to be the best of all time, right? The difference between those former stars and Tom Brady, other than they weren’t hated by everyone? They didn’t start from the bottom. Joe Montana started since the day he stepped into Candlestick Stadium. Terry Bradshaw was called the best ever before he even put on a Steelers helmet. Peyton Manning, the first overall draft pick, started at every top level possible ever since he put on his first uniform.

Tom Who Becomes Tom Terrific

As for Tom? He wasn’t the exciting kid dominating the league. He was quiet at Michigan. He won games his way, not caring about fan and media opinions, as long as his team won. Tom Brady entered the league as a back up, as a nobody, to become the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.

Rumor has it that America loves winners. But not so with Tom Brady. The world hates him and hates to see him win. But his city thanks him simply for the little things that take place off the field. Not making outrageous money, dealing with what he’s given and always willing to take pay cuts to keep special players around. Looking for a role model? Look no further.

At age 39, Tom Brady had arguably the best season ever by a quarterback and now heads to Houston to a record-breaking seventh Super Bowl. Brady took the entire league by storm this year, sticking it to Goodell by playing this 2016 season at the highest possible level.

Tom Brady has played in 11 conference championship games, more than all but five franchises in the entire league. He has four Super Bowl rings, more than twenty-two franchises in the league and seven Super Bowl appearances, more than 28 other franchises in the NFL.

The Belichick-Brady Era

Haters may say, “rings are team awards” or “he has those rings because of Belichick.” Obviously, you have to give credit to Bill Belichick. Undoubtedly the greatest coach in NFL history, he has given Tom the opportunities to succeed. But at the end of the day, someone has to go out and execute a game plan week in and week out. Brady has done this for more than sixteen years.

Let me ask you to consider Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Dion Lewis before Tom Brady? Yes, Belichick saw something he liked in them and felt they could fit in with the team. Welker was a special teamer with barely 1,000 receiving yards in three years with the Dolphins. Edelman played quarterback in college, but has turned into one of the most consistent pass catchers in Patriot history, Chris Hogan played four years of college lacrosse, released by the Bills. Lewis was cut by several practice squads. Brady has turned two of these players into future Hall of Famers.

Why doesn’t America respect Tom Brady? Do Americans hate winners? Do they hate the triumph of the underdog story?

The world may never know.