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I know what Steelers fans will think as they read this post.
“Tim, this is nothing but a giant” THAT’S WHAT I TOLD YOU! “
Let me tell you in advance, yes. Yes, that̵
No more. Not less. This is a giant, I told you.
Because I did. Now please re-evaluate.
I have written many columns that make many people very angry. Breaking pirates, penguins and steels. Or I even mention Pete at any time.
Promoting an unpopular opinion about a deal or choosing a project. Some dirty comment on how our local politicians are dealing with the coronavirus situation. Dancing in some touching social or political opinions
But in these circumstances, for every one or two negative answers, I usually get one or two positive ones.
Not for today’s example, however. I mean the piece I wrote about quarterback Tom Brady on January 7, 2020. It was three days after his New England Patriots lost to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC playoffs and Brady looked bad in the process.
At the time, it was clear that the long marriage between the franchise and its six-time Super Bowl champion QB was shoddy and could hit freedom. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, was walking out of season to see if Ben Rotlisberger’s surgically repaired elbow would heal enough to get him back in a Steelers uniform in 2020, if ever again.
So I came up with the idea that – despite nearly 20 years of animus built on Brady in our fair city – Steelers fans would (and should) welcome him to the city if Ben Roethlisberger’s hand forced him to retire.
. @TimBenzPgh: Any #NFL fan would hug Tom Brady, even #Steelers fans https://t.co/i1c8e97TvV
– Tribune-ReviewSports (@TribSports) January 7, 2020
Between negative tweets, Facebook responses, and emails, I’m pretty sure I’ve never received a more universal rejection of a story idea from our readership. I was expecting a return for provincial, emotional reasons. Not tactical football. But I have both.
Readers hated Brady for his repeated blows to the Steelers, the Patriots’ reign over the AFC and the accusations surrounding Spygate and Deflategate. But also many did not think that he could hack him anymore and he would not help the Steelers if Heinz came to the field.
Mason Rudolph would be better. It would be better to choose a project. I’m sure if I looked hard enough, I could find the answer “better stick to Duck next year.”
I was accused of everything from the Pittsburgh betrayal to the clickbyte spread.
Yes How did all this happen?
Retlisberger did return. He drove the Steelers to the start with 11: 0. And Brady still finished with a better year. He is now in the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay drivers.
Do you think people in Tampa would be happier than Rudolph or Duck? Or even Big Ben?
No, me too.
Internally, “we hate Brady because he was a deceived Patriot,” I expected. If my hypothesis came true and Roethlisberger had retired during the season, I think most Pittsburgs would have forgotten about it all and drool over the prospect of Brady being a bridge for a few years, keeping the offense competitive while this strong defense continues to thrive.
But disregarding Brady’s abilities was just stupid. Especially compared to any quarterback, the Steelers would have escaped on the first day if Brady hadn’t come to Pittsburgh.
Consider these numbers published by Brady in 2020-21. At 43, in his 21st season.
• 4633 Brady’s passing yards are the fourth largest in his career.
• Brady’s 40 touchdowns were overshadowed by only the 50 he threw with 18-1 Pats in 2007.
• His 401 completions were exceeded only once (402 in 2015).
• Brady has already won three playoff games this year. The Steelers have had three in the last decade.
• And for all “Yes, how about Spygate and Deflategate?” His fourth after Deflategate. His fifth, if you count the victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the game after the scandal.
Meanwhile, the Patriots went 7-9 and missed the Super Bowl.
So, yes, a clear signing for Brady to replace Roethlisberger would be a tragic mistake for the Steelers franchise. Good conversation to everyone who sent emails, tweets and posted on Facebook.
Now that we look at it, the Steelers had to sign Brady to replace Rothlisberger, even if he stayed healthy.
Yes, my inbox is open if you want to reply to this comment as well.
Or if you want to tell me how I’m still an idiot because the Steelers will acquire (enter the name of Aaron Rodgers, Deschawn Watson, Sam Darnold, Carson Wentz or Matt Stafford here) anyway this off-season. So I’m still wrong.
Fun how things change. “We would never want Tom Brady to replace Big Ben. But give us Sam Darnold! ”
I’m kidding, Steelers fans. Enjoy the Super Bowl. I’m sure Dwayne Haskins will take them there soon enough.
By the way, my mailbox also accepts apologies.
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