It was almost 20 years ago that I met Tom Brady. It was the year 2000. I had just graduated High School and was about to head off to college. Tom Brady had just finished college and was beginning his career in the NFL. To be honest, I never followed college football, and at that time I didn't know who Tom Brady was. But as soon as I met him I knew that this was no mere mortal, this was some type of super-human or alien type creature.
I met Tom at the Patriots training camp at Bryant College. One of my good friends, Hoss, had secured four tickets to the event and invited me along. It was me, Hoss, Hoss' brother Benjamin, and their friend D-train. It was quite the crew, especially visually. I was 5'6" about 120 lbs. Our buddy D-train was over 300 lbs and the other two fellas were quite large as well. That's why they called him Hoss I guess.
At the end of the day, after practice was over, D-train saw Tom Brady and start yelling at him to come over to us. At first Tom waved us off. He must have thought we were mocking him or something. As luck would have it D-train was a huge Michigan fan and had his Michigan hat on like always.
"Come sign my hat" D-train yelled at the then relatively unknown rookie.
Tom waved him off.
"It's a Michigan hat!"
Tom runs over.
So Tom realizes my buddy is serious and wants him to sign his Michigan hat so he runs over. He signs the hat and talks to us for a little. I immediately knew something was different about this guy. He seemed like an alien. He had such a fierce, focused intensity about him unlike anything I have ever seen in my life. It was weird.
At the time Drew Bledsoe was the big money all-pro quarterback and Brady wasn't expected to play. So we are standing there joking around, talkin' football and out of seemingly nowhere I blurt out the phrase "I bet your just waiting for Bledsoe to go down so you can step in and be the hero."
What an awkward thing to say!
I was so taken aback by my silly comment that I don't remember his exact response but it was the most diplomatic answer ever. He basically said he would never wish injury on anyone but if given the opportunity he would be happy to take advantage of it.
You can imagine my shock when that is exactly what happened! Drew Bledsoe got injured and Tom Brady stepped in and became the hero. Unreal. Me and Hoss still talk about the prophecy to this very day.
The one question that has always been on my mind is does Tom Brady remember that interaction and if he does how much does he credit my prophecy for his success? Tom if you are reading this hit me up man I would love to discuss this over a green juice with you.
I have to be honest, even though I predicted his heroics I didn't expect 6 super bowl titles with 9 appearances. He took my prophecy of being the hero and ran with it to the tune of greatest of all time.
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