During Super Bowl week and thereafter, the word "champions" is bandied about by pundits ad nauseum. Pittsburgh has long been known as "The City of Champions." Tampa Bay has now become "Champa Bay." And then, there is Tom Brady.
I was a coach for 33 years, and I have enjoyed studying champions through the years. By champions, I am referring to people like Arnold Palmer, Muhammed Ali, Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods. I have to add Tom Brady to my list of impressive champions.
Tom Brady looks like he has it all- storied career with different teams, super-model wife and life, great kids. People become angry with Tom Brady because he has it all, but they seldom think about what he sacrifices for his career. He keeps a strict regimen of diet, exercise, and rest. He has morphed into a player/coach/friend, encouraging others on his team, including them, and drawing out their strengths - all for the team. Although I was never a huge fan, I am an admirer of all that Tom Brady is able to do.
I wish I would have placed a bet on the game, but in these pandemic times, I did not. I would have chose Tampa by 20 points.
The TODAY SHOW did a great spot on Tom Brady, which gives major insight into his work ethic and who he is. Here is the link.
Tom Brady did not become an overnight success - he has worked hard for his accolades. "Becoming a champion is not an easy process . . .It is done by focusing on what it takes to get there and not on getting there." Nick Saban
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