Monday, November 21, 2011
Jersey Monday: Tom Brady
Yes, I own a Tom Brady jersey. Let me explain.
It was the summer of 2002, and I'd just graduated from college. I was back home in Connecticut and one of the many graduation gifts I had was a $100 gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods. I used most of the gift card early that summer, on a pair of Allen Iverson signature edition Reebok sneakers -- which became my most frequently worn sneakers over the next few years, just because of how comfortable they were.
But I still had about $20 left on the gift card, and not a whole lot I wanted to buy. Then, one day, I was looking around the store and they had "last year" NFL jerseys at half price -- and this is back when NFL replica jerseys cost $40 instead of $85. Now, being from Connecticut, you get used to the fact that the only jerseys that are going to be in big box stores are those of the Patriots, Giants and Jets. And since the Patriots were coming off a Super Bowl victory, stores were overloaded with Pats jerseys. So, I used the last $20 on the gift card to buy this jersey, thinking that a few years down the line, it'd basically be a reminder of that random time the Patriots won a Super Bowl with their game-managing backup QB.
Obviously Brady turned out to be one of the best quarterbacks ever, and the Patriots went on to win two more Super Bowls with him under center (though they haven't won one in six seasons and don't look like they're exactly Super Bowl material this year). And this jersey really just serves as a reminder of how much I hate them.
Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile. For the remainder of the NFL season, Jersey Monday will feature one of the teams playing on Monday Night Football.