The making of a Legend and a Dynasty

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” Hello Mr. Kraft, my name is Tom Brady and the best decision this organization has ever made”. This is how Tom Brady introduced himself to Bob Kraft when they first met and now, the rest is history.

You don’t just wake up one day and suddenly you are a Legend at whatever you wish, it takes work and not just work but, long, hard, dedicated work. First you have to explore your options, try many things, til you find that one thing you not only love, but really want to excel in excellence at becoming the best at whatever that thing is you choose to be your craft.

Tom played baseball growing up, but being a strong New England sports fan, I am so glad he decided to love the sport of football. Tom’s work ethnic is second to none, he is the first one at practice and the last one to leave everyday, even when he is home, he watches film on the next team he is playing, he studies them inside and out, so he can read them like a book, then pick them apart with great passes to his teammates. Tom may be a gifted Quarterback in the NFL, but that gift came with a lot of hard, dedicated work.

Tom came to the Patriots like all other players in the league, through the draft, but Tom was drafted so far down the depth chart, that he was like an after thought that, hey maybe we can pick him up and put on the practice squad, to basically just go through the reps and maybe see what he can do? Well Tom studied the ways of the Patriots and the league to the point, when Drew Bledsoe went down with the injury, Tom never looked back and seized the day, taking the Patriots to the Superbowl and beyond.

It is not just Tom working hard to become a legend within the NFL and helping the Patriots become a dynasty within the league, that also comes from one of the greatest Coaches ever to coach in the NFL and that is, Bill Belichek. Bill like Tom eat, sleeps and drinks the game of football, he studies the game as well, giving him the knowledge, to create the most high tech playbooks within the sport of football. Now if Bill was a poker player, he would be the best, as he never shows his hand, until the time is right, which keeps the other team, not only confused, but keeps them guessing as well. Bill knows how to recruit talent, just as much as unloading the talent, when they are on their down slide. He loves a player that is not afraid to play any position on the field, as well as……..he is one of the few, that still like the position of Full back on the team and he grabs a player that is the toughest at that position, of which Devlin excels perfectly at the position of full back, for the New England.

The New England patriots the last 20 years have a legendary Coach and Quarterback, that work very hard daily, which has earned them the biggest title of them all and that is, earning the title of becoming a Dynasty within the sport of football. A Dynasty of anything takes a lot of hard work , not just for one Individual, but for many who make up that team. Bill Belichek recruited many different players through the years he has been here in New England, with the top recruit being a guy named………. Tom Brady. These two have been the common denominator on the team, with many different numerators over the years and with Bill putting a great system in place, the rest is history as the Patriots, year after year, have become the team to beat by all the other teams in the league.

” Achieving excellence in anything takes a lot of very hard work and doesn’t come that easy”

” A Dynasty is like and orchestra, with all on the same page and the same note, with a great Conductor bringing them together in harmony”

” You can’t have the dynasty without the legend and without the great supporting cast there is no legend”

” With winning breeds hatred, but if you want to win and become champion, then step up to the plate and beat a true champion”

The New England Patriots are the team to beat

The way the Patriots started the season and getting lit up at home to the Kansas City Chiefs, then all the so called Patriot fans coming out and calling for Brady and Belicheks’s jobs? Well where are these negative people now with the Patriots going to another Superbowl?

Tom Brady is one of these type of Quarterbacks that don’t come around that often and we need to just sit back and enjoy the ride, these Individuals that spoke of his decline…… well I think Brady has shut them up with his play on the field this season, Brady is also the type of Quarterback that can turn a nobody receiver, into a star in the league and if you look back at Dieon Branch, what he did here with Tom, then going to Seattle and doing nothing, speaks loudly of the type of Quarterback Brady is, he is also a true humble person and always puts his team before himself, he works the hardest in practices and studies more film on other teams defenses than any other Quarterback in the league, Tom when he entered the NFL with the Patriots, was so far off the radar no team even looked his way, but The hard work by Tom gave him his chance when Drew Bledsoe went down, then Tom never looked back and worked even harder to keep this job pretty much for his entire career, Tom’s competitive juices are second to none throughout the league and I will say he is the most competitive Quarterback in the game today.

What can you say about Bill Belichek? the only word that comes to my mind is “GENIUS”. Bill knows the game inside the game, he knows when to get players and when to release them, Bill is a very demanding coach of his players, but he only demands cause he knows how to get the very best from the players, the Patriots under Bill are the ones that came out with the no huddle quick offense with Brady working it to perfection, now with the last two games this season in the these playoffs you see a lot of different formations and plays from these formations, which throws off the defense and makes them confused on what is going to be played, goes to show what the Legacy of Bill Belichek and Tom Brady are all about, plus now you may see more teams picking up on this, so they can try to be like the Patriots? The only issue I have with other teams doing what the Patriots have success with is, there is only one Tom Brady and one Bill Belichek.

We can not mention the Patriots without mentioning Bob Kraft, since he bought this team he has become the best Owner in all professional sports. Not just being an Owner of the team, but what he does away from the game, with his open wallet when it comes to charities, Bob Kraft is more than a Businessman and more than an Owner of a football team, he is a great Humanitarian within our Society and his humbleness has affected each member of the New England Patriots Team. This alone is why this team is so good, for so long.

You are going to have a lot of so called fans and so called sports media members, who have become to hate on this Patriot Organization, let’s put it this way, the Patriots have become to football, like the Yankees have become to baseball, just simply because they win more than they lose, what I challenge to these haters is, if you want to win and be a winner, then step up and beat a winner. It’s not about the Patriots marching down the field and scoring, it’s even more about the other team to try to stop them from scoring, those that hate on a team cause they win too much, don’t really know the game, or even better they don’t really know how sports in general are played. You play the game to win, in football you play for a chance at the Lombardi trophy, this Patriot team worked hard all season for this chance at one more game for the Lombardi, they overcame a lot of adversity throughout the season and had a difficult schedule to get to this point, they earned this chance at yet another Lombardi, we as true fans need to just sit back and enjoy the ride, so this team of the Patriots can finish the journey they set out to do at the beginning of the season.

” Good luck to the New England Patriots and may you finish your journey you set out to do”

” You play the game to win, you play the game to be a Champion”

” sports is about winning and stopping another team from the goal of winning”

” You can’t learn to win gracefully, without first losing gracefully”

The Patriot Times

The football team the New England Patriots, are a franchise within the NFL that is a great story throughout all sports, for years before the current owner in Bob Kraft, this team had some great players that played wearing the logo of the Patriot, but unfortunately they didn’t make the playoffs all that often, then as things happen like throughout the history of the real Patriots that helped build America into the power house it is now,  the old owner in Billy Sullivan sold the team to Bob Kraft and now the rest is history before our eyes.

When Bob Kraft brought in Bill Parcells to build this team to a winning organization, he did just that even making the Superbowl, but unfortunately lost to the Green Bay Packers, then lightening struck, Parcells was let go and the Patriots hired Bill Belichek and the rest is still history before our eyes.

Bill Belichek has transformed these New England Patriots into a power house throughout the NFL and turned around the name of the team, back into what being a true Patriot really means, what he has done in the draft and with free agency goes without saying, some may not like a lot of what Belichek has done, but I question them and challenge them to build a better team than he has built, Bill has brought to this team a kind of swag that you don’t really see in a coach, his press conferences from a fan point of view are funny stuff, but from a sports media point of view…… let’s just say “we are on to the next game”, he has his way about him, but what he truly is from a football point of view……a Genius.

Then you have Tom Brady and his journey to where he is now, you simply can not write a script for a movie, any better then Tom’s career as a Quarterback in the NFL, drafted by the Patriots so far down off the radar, nobody really knew who he was and to take over for Drew Bledsoe the way he did, then never looking back and always looking into the future, to be better and stronger on his journey through football, this goes to show the character of Tom Brady, it also shows that he is very competitive and wants to win every game he steps onto the field, Tom Brady and Bill Belichek will be in the football hall of fame and beside each other as the best Quarterback/Coaching tandem in the history of the NFL, we here in New England are witnessing history before our eyes, so sit back and enjoy the ride, as we have become spoiled by their winning and one day it will all be very different.

Now with the New England Patriots about to play in their 4th straight Conference Championship, lets not forget where the Patriots used to be in the days of Billy Sullivan, then we can appreciate this title game even more so and hopefully see them earn a trip to yet another Superbowl, like Belichek always says ” one game at a time, one play at a time”, which happens to be so similar to how life is, ” one day at a time along our journey”, another thing the Patriots are doing this year and the theme of their season, ” just do your job” which means every player on the team has his own special quality that he brings to the team and when the whole team does what each of them do best, the whole team wins plus not to mention all the hard work in practice, which leads to good execution on game day, practice, moderation, not getting a head of yourself all these are the ways of the Patriots and they also speak loudly in our everyday lives as well, in a retro sort of speaking, if you look at sports in the right way, you can see that to be successful in life, it has very much the same qualities as being successful in what ever sport you may play or view, so as we get ready to watch yet another conference championship game by the New England Patriots, let us all wish them good luck and may they continue on the journey this season to the Superbowl and another Lombardi trophy for all to enjoy. OOPS!!!! one game at a time sorry……………..

” Sports when looked at with the right eyes, can inspire us in many ways”

” To stay on top like the Patriots, you have to have competitive juices flowing all the time, just the same as we in life have to compete with each other at our jobs daily”

” The New England Patriots are to football, what the real Patriots were to our history here in America”