Tom Brady has said plenty of times how he is still not over losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl — twice — and it might just be why he is still playing today.
ESPN’s latest episode of “Man in the Arena,” focused on the 2007 Patriots and Giants and how New England tried to chase perfection but ultimately came up short.
At the end of the episode, Brady ponders how his career may have been different had they won that game and finished 19-0.
“I don’t know, I’m not a big hypothetical guy, but maybe the desire is a little bit different,” he said. “If you’re looking at a silver lining, maybe the desire to, you know, reach that point, you know, maybe I would have been fulfilled. …Not to stop playing at that time, but I don’t know, maybe I’d play another seven or eight years and maybe I’m fulfilled.
While Brady has not come as close to perfection since then, he’s still managed become the most decorated NFL player of all time, winning an unprecedented seven Super Bowls and five Super Bowl MVPs.
At age 44, Brady is still looking to add to that while also defying the odds of playing into his mid-40s.
Perhaps having that perfect season taken from him has fueled him to this point, as Brady suggested.
It is certainly a curious thought of how differently history would have played out had the Patriots actually won that game.