More than 14 years ago, former Jets linebacker Mo Lewis launched the career of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady by nearly killing (not intentionally, but nevertheless) Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. On Sunday, Lewis returns to the Jets as the team’s honorary captain for a game against the Patriots.
Via Rich Cimini of ESPN.com, the Jets have made the invitation to Lewis, who has accepted.
Some will interpret the move as a not-so-subtle desire that a current Jets player will send Brady to Belize. Or at least out of the AFC East.
“Hopefully, he gets traded at some point in time,” linebacker Calvin Pace said, via Cimini. “Trade him to the NFC somewhere.”
Pace nevertheless accepts the fact that Brady’s career won’t be ending in the near future.
“I don’t see that guy retiring anytime soon,” Pace said. “He shouldn’t.”
While it’s taboo to talk about these things post-Bountygate, the Jets surely wouldn’t complain if a clean, legal hit on Brady were to become the first domino in a chain reaction that leads him out of Boston. Based on the Jets’ overall luck since the days of Namath, however, that outcome probably would just launch 15 years of Jimmy Garoppolo domination.