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Ray Lewis: Work ethic makes Tom Brady “the greatest”

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Ray Lewis has no objection to finishing behind Tom Brady on NFL Network’s list of the best players in the NFL.

Lewis, the Ravens linebacker who came in fourth place, says that Brady, the Patriots quarterback who came in first, deserves his lofty ranking because “he was willing to go beyond limits that people won’t go to.”

Brady is such a star both on and off the field these days that it’s easy to forget that Brady was once a rookie just hoping to make an NFL team, and that he did so much during his first NFL offseason that the Patriots’ coaches named him the hardest worker in the team’s conditioning program.

But Lewis, who refers to Brady as “the greatest of greats,” hasn’t forgotten that.

“You don’t find too many people playing that’s willing to sacrifice that much time to doing that,” Lewis said. “That’s why Tom Brady will always be considered one of the greatest of all time.”

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  1. ny82jy says: Jul 6, 2011 8:38 AM

    Yes there is no doubt Brady is a great player. In other news. Report: Sides getting close to a deal. O wait Report: Setback in talks sides far apart. Just wait it will happen today im waiting for it.

  2. georgeanderson2 says: Jul 6, 2011 8:40 AM

    a little bit of Under Armour love… time crank up the 2011 ad campaigns…

  3. CKL says: Jul 6, 2011 8:46 AM

    No player becomes one of the greats without a huge commitment to making themselves better ALL THE TIME. That said, Brady has always had that whole “I was a 6th round draft pick” angst fueling him as well. It’s one of the things I love the most about the NFL. If you have drive and determination along with talent you will make it. And longshot success stories like Brady, Welker, etc are the best stories IMO.

  4. twindaddy says: Jul 6, 2011 8:55 AM

    Wow. He complimented someone? Is hell freezing over? Is the end of the world imminent?

  5. AlanSaysYo says: Jul 6, 2011 9:01 AM

    You can’t tell me that Brady works harder than Manning. Manning calls his own plays and effectively runs his own offense.

  6. vermverm says: Jul 6, 2011 9:07 AM

    Yeah Ray…because Peyton Manning is such a slouch who never prepares…oh yeah and he beats you on a consistent basis-crushing your playoff hopes most years. PM also has played with knee issues and had neck surgery and continues to be the best of all time.

  7. ac0117 says: Jul 6, 2011 9:11 AM

    Not a pats fan but hard to argue

  8. kennethnoisewater says: Jul 6, 2011 9:19 AM

    LOL! Nice to see Ray Lewis is still living in 2004. I didn’t know hard work was defined as spending all offseason in Mexico. Brady has changed, and not for the better. DISCLAIMER: I am a Patriot’s fan, not a hater.

  9. qj1984 says: Jul 6, 2011 9:30 AM

    It amazes me how when a player compliments Brady without any mention or sign of mention of Manning, the Mannions jump in to defend him anyway. Lewis refers to Manning as one of the smartest players he’s ever played against on a regular basis. He has a tremendous amount of respect for Peyton, so why does a compliment to Brady that has NO mention of Peyton at all, draw so much backlash from Peyton lovers?

    I guess its true what they say, haters are always going to hate. Mannions cant stand to see any other QB complimented. Its sad you cant just accept him as one of the greatest players ever, he has to be the only player that gets recognition.

  10. rc33 says: Jul 6, 2011 9:33 AM

    What the heck does Peyton Manning have to do with any of this?

  11. bass1717 says: Jul 6, 2011 9:36 AM

    Hey Ray, nobody works harder than Peyton Manning, he is pretty much the coach & QB rolled into one…….one quick question, what has Tom Brady won since he, Belichik and NE got caught cheating??……the answer is NOTHING

  12. terripet says: Jul 6, 2011 9:39 AM

    Ray what are you talking about when is the last time you beat manning that’s right never.Brady is not even close when it comes to preperation for a game.

  13. towniesman says: Jul 6, 2011 9:40 AM

    Wow I wonder if Ray’s teammate T Suggs would say such nice things about Tom

  14. terripet says: Jul 6, 2011 9:41 AM

    when is the last time Brady played good in a playoff game. the jets and ravens both made Brady look terrible.

  15. abninf says: Jul 6, 2011 9:41 AM

    The greatest of the greats would never choke in any Superbowl as Brady did.

  16. sgm405 says: Jul 6, 2011 9:49 AM

    Wait a second, why is nobody questioning why Lewis is even in the top ten? He’s not even the best player on his team anymore, yet he’s #4 in the league?

  17. rmm1984 says: Jul 6, 2011 9:51 AM

    Work ethic and videocameras go a long way in the NFL.

  18. guypatsfan says: Jul 6, 2011 9:52 AM

    I have to laugh at how the Manning fanboys like to build him up against Brady, saying Manning calls his own plays and Brady doesn’t, somehow making Manning the better QB. FYI, the average NFL QB playbook is so complex (only the Space Shuttle tech manual is more complex!) that a QB is better off letting the Offensive Coordinator call the plays. I doubt Manning calls any more than 10-15% of his plays. It wouldn’t be smart for him not to.

    Brady 3 SB rings, Manning 1. Nuff said.

  19. ampats says: Jul 6, 2011 9:55 AM

    The Manning apologists are funny like vermverm. Ooh he played with knee issues and neck issuses. I remember the MVP this season played on a broken foot?

    Colts fans, your window is closing FAST! The Irsays have left the cupbord bare.Hope you can enjoy rooting for the Patriots when they win another Lombardi in your house this season.

  20. bigbeefyd says: Jul 6, 2011 10:02 AM

    AlanSaysYo says:
    Jul 6, 2011 9:01 AM
    You can’t tell me that Brady works harder than Manning. Manning calls his own plays and effectively runs his own offense.

    Um, well, he wins more…so that probably has something to do with it…

  21. bronconation7 says: Jul 6, 2011 10:03 AM

    He’s also great at knowing the other teams defensive signals. I’d say that was good for at least 3 points in each of his Super Bowl victories. How convenient Tom…

  22. dabirdsssss says: Jul 6, 2011 10:05 AM

    Let’s see brady 14-5 record in playoffs 3 rings. Manning 9-10 1 ring. Don’t see much of an argument.

  23. supashug says: Jul 6, 2011 10:09 AM

    who is bringing Manning into this, was he even in the article. Colts fans are desperate for attention for their aging QB and sagging team, so sad. Lets just hope your one reciever can go over the middle without Peyton getting him crushed this year.

    Ray is a great competitor and usually has great things to say about his rivals

  24. kom2k10 says: Jul 6, 2011 10:11 AM

    I didn’t hear Ray call Brady the greatest of all time… I think he just said he’s “one of the greatest”. In fact, last year when they were doing the “100 Greatest Players of ALL TIME” poll (Manning was voted 8, Brady was voted 21), Ray called Manning the Greatest there ever was…

    They’re both great, but Brady only won superbowls and went 12-1 in the post season when his Defense was averaging 17 points per game… Now they’ve given up 21 points per game and he’s 2-3.

    He’s actually become a better QB in most recent years, but it just goes to prove that if your D doesn’t step up in the playoffs, you’re going to have an average record.

    Manning’s got more passing yds per game, and a higher postseason passer rating than Brady, but his defense has averaged giving up 22 points per game over his entire post-season career…

  25. jbcommonsense says: Jul 6, 2011 10:22 AM

    Brady and Lewis are both destined for the HOF. They are both passionate about winning, and willing to work their butts off to be the best. That’s what it takes. I hope my beloved dysfunctional Redskins are taking notes….

  26. citizenstrange says: Jul 6, 2011 10:29 AM

    The Brady workaholic days are long gone.

    Last year he prepared for the NFL season by pretending to box in L.A. and he prepared for the playoff season (against the Jets) by going to see “Lombardi” on Broadway.

    This year he is preparing by, well Jesus, you’ve seen the pictures.

  27. fleischpeitsche says: Jul 6, 2011 10:36 AM

    you Manning fans are so funny! Like you have any clue how much time both Brady and Manning put into it… smh

  28. august1969 says: Jul 6, 2011 10:37 AM

    bass1717 says:Jul 6, 2011 9:36 AM

    Hey Ray, nobody works harder than Peyton Manning, he is pretty much the coach & QB rolled into one…….one quick question, what has Tom Brady won since he, Belichik and NE got caught cheating??……the answer is NOTHING

    No, the answer is actually THE SEASON TOUCHDOWN ALL TIME RECORD…ass

  29. CKL says: Jul 6, 2011 10:42 AM

    bronconation7 says:
    Jul 6, 2011 10:03 AM
    He’s also great at knowing the other teams defensive signals. I’d say that was good for at least 3 points in each of his Super Bowl victories. How convenient Tom…
    ________________________________
    This is one hilarious post coming from a Broncos fan.
    1) Your team also “cheated” and was punished during their SB winning years. So at best neither your team nor the Pats have any “legit” SBs according to YOUR “logic”.

    2) Your HC had tape of a team’s PRACTICE, which is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC (unlike NFL games where Pats taped signals) then threw BB under the bus for it.

    I hate hypocrites.

    Don’t worry all you “WAHHHH what about MANNING” people, Ray Ray already hagiographized your boy as the GOAT in that “alltime” list.
    Geeze.

  30. giraffesturbation says: Jul 6, 2011 10:42 AM

    bass1717 says: Jul 6, 2011 9:36 AM

    Hey Ray, nobody works harder than Peyton Manning, he is pretty much the coach & QB rolled into one…….one quick question, what has Tom Brady won since he, Belichik and NE got caught cheating??……the answer is NOTHING

    —————————————————-

    Umm, what has Manning won since then? Or since the Colts were caught cheating by pumping fake crowd noise through their amps? Give you a hint – Colts since 2007: 44-18 Patriots: 51-13. I’m not saying Manning isn’t an all time great, but don’t be a jerk about it.

  31. dave1961 says: Jul 6, 2011 10:54 AM

    Great a player involved in the murder of two people talks about the ethics it takes from Tom Brady to cheat with the help of defensive signals taped during spygate.

    Will his hall of fame bust weep and speak about how tough it was to get drafted in the 6th round of his draft class?

    They could have two oversized stuffed zebras reenact the famous TUCK rule to show vistors how the refs make up calls to steal a superbowl from another franchise. In the background, a board flashes how much money Vegas wins when the refs assist Brady with tucking the ball safely back in his hands.

    Out of the shadow, a jason masked hoodie could be seen running down the sidelines after the Giants stun the undefeated Patriots and their Spygate Geneis Head Coach….a cheater ranked number one … and a murder suspect telling us what a great cheat he was…. thats the National Felon League we all love….if Brady ain’t cheating, he ain’t trying….Coach Bill Belicheat quote.

  32. rc33 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:13 AM

    As the San Diego columnist asked yesterday, has any player in NFL history lost more big games than Peyton Manning?

    Doubtful.

  33. johnnyglutes says: Jul 6, 2011 11:14 AM

    Wow Ray, that is taking a stab at Peyton Manning. Ooops did I say stab?

  34. godofwine330 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:24 AM

    Hard work is what makes average players good, and above average-good players great. Ray isn’t lying on this one.

  35. str8up12 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:32 AM

    Hmmmmm…. who’s opinion to listen to? kom2k10 commenting from the comfort of his living room or the best defensive player of his generation commenting from the playing field. If only all decisions in life were so easy.

  36. redbear18 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:55 AM

    I hate the Patriots and I hate Brady, but in his case, it’s all jealousy. He’s a class act, an amazing athlete and player, and a dedicated worker who will do whatever he needs to do to win. Kudos to him, but still looking forward to when he retires and stops terrorizing my teams.

  37. golonger says: Jul 6, 2011 12:11 PM

    Manning = choke artist
    Brady = greatness

    ….simply

    ..Manning thinks he OWNS his team…Brady is the leader….there is a difference…and if you asked each of their respective teammates, they would say the same.

    …Manning makes BAD decisions when it matters…….Brady doesn’t…..just ask Reggie Wayne’s Dad!!!!

  38. golonger says: Jul 6, 2011 12:15 PM

    dave1961 – grow up

    Ask any coach…having what you THINK might be the correct defensive signals means nothing…only people that have never played the game in their entire life think that knowing some signals and even someone else’s entire playbook means one will win……sorry, it doesn’t……..

  39. pacificamjr says: Jul 6, 2011 12:16 PM

    it also helps that TB is a class guy, very likeable. Fetus head and his doofus brother, not so much…

  40. golonger says: Jul 6, 2011 12:21 PM

    “insert stupid stabbing joke here”

    …oh sorry…..some other morons already did that! Thanks

  41. terripet says: Jul 6, 2011 12:23 PM

    I remember Lewis saying 2 years ago before they played the colts in the playoff game he said Manning was the most diffacult qb to gameplan for. of coure the colts won that game. after the RAVENS pounded the PATS the week prior. When Brady was picked 3 times and running for his life.

  42. harleyrider1973 says: Jul 6, 2011 12:24 PM

    for all the people out there saying Manning is better blah blah blah, lets not forget Brady has the best winning percentage EVER for a quarterback and three SB Rings (two superbowl MVP’s).

  43. CKL says: Jul 6, 2011 12:28 PM

    Golonger? Reggie Wayne’s dad talked smack about PM?
    I don’t know who Reggie Wayne’s dad is but I think Peyton’s daddy is Ty Law with an honorable mention to Tracy Porter.

    /allyoumanningapologistsbringoutthedevilinme!

  44. kindbass says: Jul 6, 2011 12:37 PM

    bronconation7 says: Jul 6, 2011 10:03 AM

    He’s also great at knowing the other teams defensive signals. I’d say that was good for at least 3 points in each of his Super Bowl victories. How convenient Tom…
    ————————————————————
    This makes so little sense, I don’t even know where to start. Whatever. Just another Broncos fan that knows nothing about football except that Mike Shannahan once outch0ached Chuck Norris and Kim Jong-Il.

  45. goindy2006 says: Jul 6, 2011 12:40 PM

    As a colts fan this post has nothing to do with manning. Brady is one of the greatest ever period. I love to hate Brady. I admire him as a player and a winner! I love watching him play my colts and hate him when he spanks us like little kids. When Brady went down I thought it might have been karma speaking. But when Wes went down it was horrible. I’ve never seen anyone come back and do as well a Wes did! I think Wes is one of the best right now! And again like I said I’m a colts fan all the way but this post is about how great Brady really is and not about Peyton. Tom to me is the best QB in the NFL. Peyton has some more work to do before he can be considered “the best” in the NFL. This is coming from a colts fan and yes Brady is the best.

  46. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 6, 2011 12:49 PM

    kennethnoisewater says: Jul 6, 2011 9:19 AM

    I didn’t know hard work was defined as spending all offseason in Mexico. Brady has changed, and not for the better.

    ________________________________

    In the last 3 years (played) Brady only has 2 MVPs and a Comeback player of the year award.

    He has averaged a 108 PR and 38 TD – 8 INT.

    It seems like summer in Mexico has been a hell of a lot better for him than grunting on a weight machine in Foxboro was.

  47. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 6, 2011 1:08 PM

    kom2k10 says: Jul 6, 2011 10:11 AM

    They’re both great, but Brady only won superbowls and went 12-1 in the post season when his Defense was averaging 17 points per game… Now they’ve given up 21 points per game and he’s 2-3.

    Manning’s got more passing yds per game, and a higher postseason passer rating than Brady, but his defense has averaged giving up 22 points per game over his entire post-season career…

    ________________________________

    Brady has a 94.5 PR in the SB with 7 TD -1 INT.

    Manning has a 85.4 PR in the SB with 2 TD – 2 INT.

    And Manning’s “higher postseason passer rating” is from big games in the WILDCARD round. Brady is far better in both the AFC Championship and the SB.

    So saying Brady’s 3-1 SB superiority over Manning is because of the Pat’s D is nonsense. In the 3 SB wins the Pat’s D gave up an average of over 22 ppg.

  48. edreedisgod says: Jul 6, 2011 1:13 PM

    Bradi is number 1 and Ray is number 4 because the ppl who actually know about football and dont judge on emotion think so(the players). When will you ppl realize that Peyton is good he just isnt Brady good. I mean look at last year and see how many concussions did Peyton’s WRs get opposed to Brady’s. And all the Colts concussions were bad throws that lead his WRs into big hits. Brady doesn’t do that. O yea and Ed Reed > Troy Polamalu like I said.

  49. psousa1 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:41 PM

    I’m sure if they had a list of who is the best ‘Climate Controlled Player of All Time’ Peyton Manning would be number 1. Not his fault he plays indoors for 9 regular season games per year (at Houston) and sometimes more than that depending on opponent so – come on! He’s not better than Brady. If he didn’t consistently come up average to below average in outdoor playoff games you could make an argument.

  50. dave1961 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:55 PM

    I’m sorry Golonger…didn’t mean to step on your love of Marcia Brady and how you don’t think spygate films didn’t assist Belicheat and Marcia Brady win…. oh did I say Marcia Brady….. I meant Thomas, the weeping sixth round pick that the NFL created the Brady rules that basicly said defenses shall not touch Patriots Marcia Brady quarterback…. He cries just like Marcia Brady did when the football struck her in the nose.

    For the record and this fact is undisputed: Brady has not won a playoff game since he stopped getting the defensive play calls on film from the hoodie…. If there was no benefit to spygate films, why was Belicheat doing it…. why was his former assistant Josh McDaniels caught with on guy on his staff doing it too. Because it gave them a cheating edge.

    And by the way, for the record Peyton has lost more big games than any qb… so you Colt fans can stuff that in your stocking and hang it by your fireplace.

    Aarron Rogers was the best quarterback in 2011 and the NFL channel and Rich Eisen should stop planting kisses on the butts of Peyton Manning and Marcia Brady….The Second best qb was Ben Rothsenburger and everyone knows what he wouldve done to Marcia Brady.

    You fans weep for Thomas Marcia Brady when he weeps about what a terrible life he’s had because he was drafted in the 6th round of the NFL… give me a break Marcia….if you think that’s tough ask Mike Vick how tough it’s being a reformed dog killer….

    New rule change for Brady…. put two flags on him so no one breaks that girls fingernails afterall he’s simply the best…. yeah right…. maybe Davey Jones will come to his house and lift his spirits just like that rerun of the Brady Bunch….Belicheat is a cheat… he’s not Vince Lombardi.

  51. CKL says: Jul 6, 2011 2:09 PM

    gimmeabruschi says: Jul 6, 2011 12:49 PM

    In the last 3 years (played) Brady only has 2 MVPs and a Comeback player of the year award.

    He has averaged a 108 PR and 38 TD – 8 INT.

    It seems like summer in Mexico has been a hell of a lot better for him than grunting on a weight machine in Foxboro was.
    ____________________________________
    He has been prolific stats wise, yes. And I know that correlation does NOT equal causation…but it’s hard not to question any changes he’s made in his offseason workout regimen when his team hasn’t won a playoff game since Jan 08 and his past two playoff games he hasn’t played well. (This is where some Manning apologists might insert complaints about the defense if this were a Colts game but I won’t. D played like ass, Brady played like ass. One has nothing to do with the other and Brady’s D playing like ass did not MAKE him play like ass, he did that on his own.)When his team clocked rings, he was winning the offseason participation award.

    I realize that the Pats team is restructuring around him and I think that’s part of his greatness that no matter what you put around him (great D average O skill people, bad/avg D and below avg/ good O skill people, etc.) he will be a big reason the team is competitive. Fact of the matter is that Manning has never been in that situation because Polian builds his teams skill position wise around a Qb so we don’t know if he could handle it. Maybe so, maybe not. But there’s no proof, and last year is not proof because Reggie Wayne is a #1 WR almost anywhere he goes and he has never missed a single game. In Brady’s least O skill position rich year (06) he didn’t have one guy who could even remotely be considered a #1 WR on ANY team. Even in 05 when the D sucked most of the year, the only guy he had that was close to being a #1 is Branch and even in NE he’s never been a true #1. He makes players better. And I won’t argue that Manning doesn’t do the same thing because he does also. But again, I would love to see him with a WR corps where Caldwell and Gabriel and a very good #3 (Gaffney, who joined the Pats halfway through 06 and had to get caught up) were his WRs. From what I know, the Colts O is very simple compared to the Pats O for WRs. Polian has the luxury of being able to choose from more players who can be successful in it and certainly more who can be successful as rookies.

    Brady plays well in the playoffs this coming year (provided the Pats make it, and that is never a given) and I won’t wonder about his offseason choices any more whether it’s a legit worry or not.

  52. 4gone says: Jul 6, 2011 2:19 PM

    Since when is growing your hair to look like some 16 year old singing sensation work???

    I hope I don’t offend all of you Bieber fans. She seems like a nice little girl.

  53. kennethnoisewater says: Jul 6, 2011 3:00 PM

    @gimmeabruschi

    Fair enough, I just prefer to look at, oh I dunno, the scoreboard? Dude is a frontrunner. Sure it’s all farts and giggles when he’s lighting up teams that will lay down for him like the Bills and Lions. But as soon as it hits the fan he pouts and does his best Manning face impression. All I’m saying is he’s lost some of that edge he had earlier in his career to fight through it when adversity strikes, and I believe that’s directly related to not fighting through a rigorous offseason program. He wants it handed to him without having to work for it. Sure it pads some nice stats because he unquestionably has talent but teams with resiliency that smack him in the face often have the last laugh.

    And yes I do troll comment sections I’ve posted in lol

  54. ampats says: Jul 6, 2011 3:34 PM

    dave1961 states for the record this undisputible fact:

    Tom Brady has not won a playoff game since he was getting defensive signals from “the hoodie”

    Even if you believe your moronic rants about “spygate”what happened in the 2007/2008 playoff/AFC Championship games against Jax/SD?

    I believe Brady won both playoff games.

    Now that you have been embarrassed, climb back in your hole.

    Patriots fans laughing at dave0001 !

  55. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 6, 2011 4:19 PM

    kennethnoisewater says: Jul 6, 2011 3:00 PM

    @gimmeabruschi

    Fair enough, I just prefer to look at, oh I dunno, the scoreboard? Dude is a frontrunner. Sure it’s all farts and giggles when he’s lighting up teams that will lay down for him like the Bills and Lions. But as soon as it hits the fan he pouts and does his best Manning face impression. All I’m saying is he’s lost some of that edge he had earlier in his career to fight through it when adversity strikes, and I believe that’s directly related to not fighting through a rigorous offseason program. He wants it handed to him without having to work for it. Sure it pads some nice stats because he unquestionably has talent but teams with resiliency that smack him in the face often have the last laugh.

    _______________________________

    I’m not sure what you expect from the guy.

    Yeah, he sucked against the Ravens. It happens to the best of them.

    But he moved the team for what would have been the winning score but for a defensive letdown at the last minute against the Giants.

    And his 89 PR, 299 yards with 2-TD, 1-INT was very decent against the Jets.

    It’s not his fault the Jets scored 14 points in the last quarter and Sanchez, a 70 passer, put up a 127.

    He hasn’t lost any edge. He just has a crap D and a shaky OL.

  56. steelersmichele says: Jul 6, 2011 4:39 PM

    redbear18 says: I hate the Patriots and I hate Brady, but in his case, it’s all jealousy…still looking forward to when he retires and stops terrorizing my teams.

    I hate the Patriots and Tom Brady, too, but it’s not jealousy for me–it’s anger. I’m mad that every time my team plays him, we lose. After all those AFC games, I pray my team doesn’t face him in the playoffs. I don’t know what it is, but he has our number.

    On another note, for those of you saying Brady doesn’t have the same work ethic–what do you expect. He’s married. He has 2 kids. I dislike the guy, but I have to defend his right to have a life and enjoy it (especially when his football career is over).

  57. terripet says: Jul 6, 2011 5:00 PM

    ALL BRADY THROWS IS 5 YRD PASSES TO WELKER

  58. goindy2006 says: Jul 6, 2011 5:26 PM

    The thread is about how great Brady is not anyone else. As a Colts fan I can tell you how great he is! That SOB is the bestest ever in recent NFL history hands down! Someone please give me a valid reason why he is not? I really don’t think anyone can…

    He is the one guy I love to hate and watch him play. It’s like art in motion when that pain in my teams-arse plays. And I’m pretty sure he was done more with less on offense. Can we all close this thread just admitting that Brady is the best QB? I know I can…

  59. flash1283 says: Jul 6, 2011 6:11 PM

    terripet says:
    Jul 6, 2011 5:00 PM
    ALL BRADY THROWS IS 5 YRD PASSES TO WELKER
    ——————-

    Lame!!!

    If that’s the case then why is it that no Patriot WR leads or is in the top 10 in YAC but Brady is always around 4000 yrd.

    We call this, Hater vision.

    Hate on Hater, Hate on……..

  60. patsandsox says: Jul 6, 2011 6:13 PM

    Wow all the hate towards Patriots and Brady by fans, but the actual players are the ones that voted and they picked these guys.

  61. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says: Jul 6, 2011 7:51 PM

    @goindy2006…

    “Someone please give me a valid reason why he is not? I really don’t think anyone can…”

    How about Tom Brady? In an interview with NFL Network’s Lindsay Soto on the “Top 100 Players of 2011 Reactions” show immediately following the announcement of his No. 1 selection by the players, Brady—referring to Peyton—said, “To me, he’s the greatest of all time.”

    No we can close this thread. LOL

  62. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 6, 2011 8:35 PM

    Just to prove how delusional the average corn squeezin swillin’ tractor pull watchin’ mind is;

    YAC last year -

    Reggie Wayne 438, Collie 314.

    Welker 433, Branch 290.

  63. 52crabcakes says: Jul 6, 2011 9:50 PM

    I just plain hate indy!

  64. dave1961 says: Jul 6, 2011 11:53 PM

    Hey Thomas (marcia) Brady….
    Were the votes filmed for the top 100? Signed Bill Belicheat

  65. stuartscottslefteye says: Jul 7, 2011 4:20 PM

    While I am not a fan of either team (Colts/Pats) I must say they both QB’s have lived a blessed life behind good offensive lines. They both get rattled when pressured – I can remember numerous times Peyton falling to the ground into the fetal position when the pressure was on, or Brady crying to the ref when an opposing player brushed up against him. However, both are indeed legendary and it’s a coin flip as to who is the greatest.

  66. bullcharger says: Jul 7, 2011 5:57 PM

    I don’t but the offensive line argument. The Patriots offensive line has been good. However, with Cassel behind it in 2008 with basically the same team he had double the sacks that Brady usually has. He won 11 games and is a starter now, so it wasn’t that Cassel was terrible. The o-line didn’t look so good that year.

    Manning and Brady both get rid of the ball quickly and stay in the pocket until the last second and aren’t afraid to take a hit. They make their o-lines look way better than they are.

  67. Deb says: Jul 7, 2011 10:26 PM

    I hate the Pats and don’t particularly care for Brady. But he’s the hands-down number one among current players on my list, and his work ethic is a big part of that. Both Brady and Manning–a close second–spend an extraordinary amount of time trying to better their games even at this stage in their careers.

    As a Steelers fan, my frustration with Roethlisberger is that he has tremendous physical gifts and natural instincts but hasn’t spent the time studying film, working with coaches, or applying himself to his physical conditioning as Brady has. He’ll probably never achieve his potential as a QB simply because he doesn’t have Brady’s work ethic and desire to keep pushing himself to his limits no matter how much he achieves. That’s what sets Brady apart. He never stops trying to prove himself.

  68. golonger says: Jul 8, 2011 12:15 AM

    Rhode Island Patriots Fan aka idiot.

    Ever here of the term…being cordial??? that is what Brady is doing.

    Do you think either one of them in an interview would say “I am the greatest” give me a break…..are you really this stupid????

  69. golonger says: Jul 8, 2011 12:17 AM

    dave1961 – you didn’t step on anything……you are too big of a moron to do so……..and you know NOTHING about football……….now get back to your shift at Mobil…LOL

  70. golonger says: Jul 8, 2011 12:19 AM

    goindy2006……….it is good to see at least a few indy fans with some sense!

  71. modellsux86 says: Jul 9, 2011 10:21 PM

    joeflaccosunibrow says:

    Had Cleveland NOT built the Indians stadium, Modell would have never left! He lost 81 rent checks a year with that new stadium. How can anyone with half a brain defend that?
    _________________________________

    This is another Modell lie that he’s sold you! How can anyone with a “half a brain” not do their research?

    Modell was offered (and refused) a great deal to be involved with Jacobs field. He TURNED IT DOWN! Talk about “half a brain”.

    He also personally approved a renovation plan to his existing stadium (in 1993-94) and at no time did he ask Cleveland to give him a new stadium.

    Wait, sorry. He DID ask for a new stadium, but not until the move to Baltimore was nearly completed behind closed doors. Cleveland, by the way, approved a new stadium. Unfortunately, and as Modell has hoped for, it was too late.

    No “HOF” for Modell!!

  72. spcledtnta says: Jul 18, 2011 2:11 PM

    Here are some truly interesting facts about Tom Brady vs. Payton Manning

    http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/Articles/11_261_Brady_vs._Manning:_Complete_&_Unabridged,_Vol._II.html

    And as for all the people complaining about the spygate scandal, every defense changes their call signals from the first half to the second half, and every team at one point or another has cheated. There are no “Innocent” teams in the NFL. Each team tries to get an advantage over their opponent.

    To the NFL League officials, hurry the hell up and get this contract signed. Fans don’t give a rat’s ass if you are not making a billion dollars a year, try living on less than a 100K per year, as many of your fans do! Cry me a frecken river!

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