(Courtesy of the New England Patriots)
Talk of Fame Network
Cornerback Ty Law was an established star with the New England Patriots at the turn of the 2000 decade, so he took a young, fellow Michigan Wolverine under his wing.
Tom Brady had no starting job and no money as a low-round draft pick with the Patriots in 2000.
“I sold him my house,” Law told the Talk of Fame Network. “I left all the furniture, all the TVs, all the pool tables in it because, at the time, I got the big deal. So I said, `You know what? Tom isn’t making any money. I’m going to go ahead and take care of him.’
“Look at him now. My whole house fits into his kitchen.”
Brady, of course, went on to bigger and much better things. When he took over at quarterback for an injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001, a dynasty was born. Brady was supposed to be a stop-gap fill-in until New England’s $100 million quarterback Bledsoe could heal.
But that wasn’t the way Brady approached it.
“We had a team night (during the 2001 season) and Tom came up to me and said, `I’m not giving it back,’” Law recalled. “I was thinking, `OK, that’s the right attitude, young buck;’ just trying to encourage him. But he was serious as hell. And he didn’t give it back.”
The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl that 2001 season — and both the 2003 and 2004 seasons as well. Ten years later, Brady is still taking the snaps and the Patriots are still winning.
The Patriots are the focal point this week of the Talk of Fame Network’s six-part Dynasty Series with a couple of New England’s NFL all-decade performers from the 2000s, Law and defensive lineman Richard Seymour, as guests. Both said those championships weren’t all on the shoulders of Brady.
“As hard as that is for people to acknowledge — even when Tom Brady was there — we were a defensive team,” Law said of those three Lombardi Trophies. “It’s just that Tom Brady’s name was bigger than all of ours. But we were a defensive team.”
In addition to a healthy discussion of the Patriots, Talk of Fame Network co-host Clark Judge states the Hall of Fame case for Terrell Davis, co-host Rick Gosselin discusses the dismal plight of NFL backup quarterbacks and co-host Ron Borges questions the Cowboys for putting Tony Romo, bad back and all, on a plane to London for a nine-hour flight and a game with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Finally, each hour of the two-hour show closes with the always entertaining two-minute drill.