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Tom Brady just won another Super Bowl.
Breaking records and smashing glass ceilings all the way to the victory stand where he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy over his head after his team’s win in overtime in Super Bowl LI and gratefully acknowledged all of those with whom he earned and shared the coveted trophy.
That victory placed 39-year-old Brady – the second-oldest quarterback in history to win a Super Bowl – in a category-of-one and secured his place as one of the greatest quarterbacks, if not the greatest, to ever play the game. Period.
But just like the late-night-tv infomercial teases, wait, there’s more …
The significance of TB’s on-the-field success is not just what he has done, but it is how he has done it. The path that he has taken and how he has taken on that path.
Because in that regard, the legacy that #12 leaves extends way beyond the playing field and should serve to inspire us all to live, create, and succeed in the way that tennis star and humanitarian Arthur Ashe so powerfully and succinctly described many years ago:
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
45 quarterbacks have been drafted in the first round of the annual NFL draft since The 🐐 was drafted with the 199th pick in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft. Those 45 first-rounders have thrown for a combined 15 touchdown passes in all of the super bowl games played since then. And the sixth-rounder Tom Brady? He, himself, has thrown 15 touchdowns to 13 different receivers in 7 Super Bowls on his way to winning 5 Super Bowl Championships and 4 Super Bowl MVPs since that infamous draft day nearly 17 years ago.
Brady started his best-ever career right where he was. An unheralded, second-to-last-round draft pick of the New England Patriots – who themselves had never won a Super Bowl at the time they drafted Brady.
And TB’s surrounding cast? Working with what he has had? Super Bowl LI provides a clear example of how The 🐐 works and plays well with others – no matter where they, also, started.
Brady completed 45 passes to 7 different receivers in route to the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and arguably the greatest game in NFL history. The highest-drafted receiver to catch one of those passes, Martellius Bennett, was drafted 61st overall in the 2008 draft. The other six? Two fourth-rounders, one fifth-rounder, one sixth-rounder, one seventh-rounder, and two went undrafted.
The most-winning QB in Super Bowl history has won with what, with who, he has had as his teammates. Over and over again. Mutually bringing out the best in each other.
And doing what he can? To a man, everyone of Tom’s teammates and coaches openly asserts that Brady is the hardest-working player on their team. #12 is known for his competitive, comprehensive, and complete commitment to his family, life, team, organization, and game. On and off of the field. He improves each year and each season. He is ever-learning, ever-improving, ever-pushing for more and better. And his stat lines confirm the results of his efforts game after game and season after season.
Brady’s results and work ethic are openly-acknowledged as infectious and inspirational by not only his teammates and coaches, former and active, but also by the greatest athletes and achievers in the world across a myriad of other sports and professions.
TB has earned his status as The 🐐. His starting point, his circumstances, his age, his professional environment, his competitors, his haters and detractors, his accomplishments, his fame, and more have neither held him back nor limited his reach.
The lesson for me – and for you if you choose – might look something like this:
After all of the hype, hate, hyperbole, and headlines, it is not what we say, or what is said about us, but it is what we do.
We can all start where we are – no matter our status, or how we are rated, or the hyperbole used to describe others.
We can use what we have – whether that is a little or a lot, or, it is or has been overlooked by others.
And we can do what we can – with our gifts, our talents, and our skills. With hard work or by working smarter. Building upon our previous successes and failures. And by being inspired by the efforts, lives, and results of others.
We are mighty creators. It is in our DNA. It is who we are. It is what we do.
We, too, can be 🐐🐐🐐!
Believe Bravely; Dare Greatly!