One of the coolest things that has ever happened to me is the time I met Tom Brady
and prophesized his heroics after Drew Bledsoe
This is a completely true story and I have a credible witness who will vouch for me.
I met Tom his rookie year at training camp before he had ever taken a snap in the NFL. As the players finished practice and began walking to the locker room my buddy D-train started yelling to Brady asking him to come over to us. D-train was a Michigan fan and Brady played for Michigan, so thus, D-train was a Brady fan. Eventually D-train got his attention by yelling “come sign my hat, it’s a Michigan hat.”
When Tom heard that D-train had a Michigan hat, he ran right over, realizing we were sincere fans and not just some annoying hecklers. So now Tom Brady is standing with us, talking about football. Of course, none of us knew at the time we were talking to a future sports legend.
Or did we?
So Tom is talking to us and he is kind of quiet and reserved. As we were talking I somewhat randomly and rudely say, “so are you ready for Bledsoe to go down and step in and be the hero?”
I realize now the question is pretty rude and no athlete wants to be put in a position of imagining a scenario where a teammate gets injured Of course, Brady gave the best answer you could imagine. It’s the same answer he continues to give to this day to 90% of the questions the media asks him. He is practicing, studying, working hard, and ready to contribute to the team in any way he can.
The point here isn’t my terrible journalist skills, it’s that what I said to Tom Brady his rookie year is exactly what happened! See above video of the Bledsoe injury, and below evidence of Tom Brady's heroics in the Super Bowl.
I sometimes wonder if Brady ever remembers that random encounter with the four of us characters. As the season unfolded and the Patriots won the super bowl, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I had prophesized it all to Brady. At first I felt a little bad for making such a stupid comment but after it actually happened I had no other choice but to think it was very cool that I told him Bledsoe would get hurt and that he would be the hero.
Since then I’ve tried to think of other prophecies but it never works. I think there is something about trying too hard and it not working. When I had the Brady prophecy I was just in the flow, goofing off and it just came out of my mouth.
Overall, the Brady Prophecy is one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to me. I was a freshman in college when the Patriots won their first Super Bowl, so needless to say there was tons of debauchery, willying out, and general tomfoolery. In other words, it was something I won’t soon forget.