Haters gonna hate.

For the past four weeks we have seen the New England Patriots in a new light – a less recognizable Patriots team than we are used to, especially behind the snap. The 4-time Super Bowl winning franchise has been without their poster boy, Tom Brady. The dominant franchise lost their glorified quarterback due to the exhausting scandal known as “Deflategate”. Maybe you’ve hear of it? Brady was punished and suspended for deflating game footballs during the 2015 AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts. The punishment delivered was a four game suspension. The almighty Patriots were forced to dive into uncharted territories — backup quarterbacks. The first time they’ve had to do so since they brought in Matt Cassel after Brady’s ACL injury in ’08. Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett were given the helms and did what they needed to do – get through the weeks without your leader, and win games. This Sunday will be Week 5, and the master is back, ready to strike back.

Realistically, this could be the start of the last hoorah for Tom Brady. At 39, his career stands as one of, if not the best we’ve ever seen. People reading this are either a fan of or hate the 11-time Pro Bowler. Whether you love him or hate him, I don’t really give a shit. It’s time for us to embrace Tom Brady for everything he is. We envy everything he is because it is everything we are not. In a sport that is ridiculed by drug abuse, domestic violence, and concussion issues, Tom has been the one constant pure thing about football. Brady is everything us football fans hope and dream of. He does it right off the field and can back it up on the field while slinging the rock. We should all be excited about his return. Very rarely are we granted the opportunity to watch a master at his craft. Stop hating, stop being bitter. Its time for us to recognize the greatness and give the credit where it is due.

You would think after being suspended, Brady would be training all hours of the day. Not for Brady, instead he was visiting his alma mater and taking trips to Italy with his supermodel wife. Now, don’t get carried away – just because he didn’t play four weeks doesn’t mean he decided not to work on his game. Not like his game needs any work, this is Tom Brady we’re talking about. The 2-time league MVP is on the back nine of his career and at age 39 continues to stay atop of the conversation of the league’s best.

Last season, Brady compiled one of the best stat lines of his career. Averaging a 64.4 completion percentage, 36 touchdowns, and throwing for over 4,500 yards while leading his team to another winning record at 12-4. So shoutout to all those people saying he’s old and over the hill. The man gets the job done and has done it his whole career. Don’t act like he won’t just because he took a little break. Expect Touchdown Tom to live up to the name. He will torch the league and rightfully so. After having to deal with that side show called “DeflateGate”, I can’t imagine how frustrated he really is. He’s a master on the field with his arm and his mind. His laser arm throws a beautiful spiral that is so mesmerizing it seems like it’s in slow motion. His mind brainwashes his slot receivers to catch every ball and wills his team to game winning drives (48 career game winning drives). Let’s not forget the four Super Bowl titles along with the three Super Bowl MVP trophies. He’s one of the best of all time. Don’t sit there while reading this and tell me he isn’t. You’re lying to yourself and you know it. The man wins football games, and I’m sure he plans on winning many more with this new found inspiration.

For fourteen seasons, Tom Brady has wowed us. Whether it was from dropping dimes to his wideouts or slinging the ball into the end zone for six. This season, he will continue to wow with a chip on his shoulder proving once again that he is one of the greats of all time. A forewarning to his opponents, prepare accordingly. Tom Brady will return to the field this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Don’t call it a comeback, call it a resurrection.

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