It’s a public secret now that former NFL MVP Cam Newton has signed for the New England Patriots. His contract will expire for a year before his team decides to retain him beyond the 2020-21 season. But before that, a storm of controversy swept across the football community. It is related to Sports Illustrated’s (SI) report which claims that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady would eventually become a loser as a result of Newton’s signing.
Tom Brady a loser: Really?
The report claims that Brady would be one of the unlucky men since his former club signed the 31-year-old Heisman Trophy in 2010.
The report at SI says, “There is an emotional component to every quarterback that makes them want to be missed when they are gone. Strangely, the three quarterbacks usually talked of as the greatest of all time – Brady, Joe Montana and Brett Favre – didn’t have that luxury right away. Due to the cache of their replacement, it took time for perspective to solidify. Montana was consistently nipped and eventually replaced by the great Steve Young and Brady will now theoretically be replaced for MVP Cam Newton 2015“.
It is really understandable and quite natural for all football players to have a desire to be missed in the club where he spent so many years. For Brady, it was 20 long years with the Patriots. In the midst of such an emotional journey, it was a rather unexpected event for the six-time Super Bowl winner to move to a new team at the twilight of his career.
“You want to see your ex fight”
In the TV series “Undisputed: Skip and Shannon”, former Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe talked about the report. He said, “If you break up with someone, you don’t want them to get any more successful than you. You don’t want your ex to get someone, you don’t want her to raise. You want them to fight, you’re like … “yeah, you thought you’d do better, but here, look at you …”, you don’t want to see them (New England Patriots) make the playoffs, you want them to fight.“
According to Sharpe, Tom Brady would like the same for the New England Patriots. He may want them and Patriots fans to know his absence. He definitely does not want the club supporters to suddenly forget him.
Can Cam Newton really replace Brady?
With Cam Newton’s signing, Sharpe feels that the Patriots may just move on from their memories with Brady. But it’s really not practical for fans to forget a player who has won the most Super Bowls, all with the Patriots.
There comes a time in every legend’s life when they have to move on, but that doesn’t necessarily mean leaving behind everything and living in isolation. It’s understandable that when Brady goes on the field and wears the Buccaneer’s colors against his former club, Patriots fans can’t support him. But at the end of the day, no one can deny Brady’s contribution to the club. He will still be considered one of the greatest players the New England Patriots have ever been with.