As a diehard Patriots fan, and someone that holds onto the belief that our quarterback has entirely too much integrity and talent to cheat, I admit that I was adamant that Brady and his legal team should take the Deflategate to the Supreme Court if necessary. I wanted his innocence solidified and for his legacy to remain intact and unblemished.
But that wasn’t to be. And it wasn’t because Brady wasn’t innocent. It was because Roger Goodell was hell-bent on making sure that the NFL was deemed able to punish anyone, at any time, for anything without any outside influences telling them what was right or even justified.
Perhaps because Brady was living with this battle looming over him at every moment, or maybe because he preferred to use his energy and emotions to fight battles on the field that were winnable, last week he finally discussed the “personal” decision to “move on from it”.
“Honestly, I’m just trying to be as good as I can be every day,” he said. “And I think that making improvements in certain areas, and we’ve tried to make them when they changed our offense. And we’ve got a lot of new players on the team and we’re just trying to incorporate them. So I feel like we’re building toward something. And we’ve got a lot of meaningful preseason games coming up that we have to see some improvements in, and we’ve got a lot of practices left. It’s a long season, so it’s just going to be a lot of hard work and discipline and effort, and like I said, I’m going to go out and do the best that I can do.”
That sounds like our quarterback. The quarterback that will be known as one of the best to ever play the game. Brady’s eagerness to mentor his teammates and to still give every ounce of effort during practice and pre-season just reiterates how great he truly is.
Deflategate will not define Brady and his legacy. I believe after the 2016 season it will slip into a side note of a storied career… and if we’re lucky… another ring or two to add to his collection.