Super Bowl LII: Brady’s legacy and prediction

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Tom Brady sits down during a press conference in Minnesota.

DYLAN PADY, Sports Editor | [email protected]

Unfortunately, the end of football season is just around the corner as we prepare for the Super Bowl LII matchup of the New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles. This is the Eagles’ third appearance in the Super Bowl; their first appearance in 1981 resulted in a loss to the Oakland Raiders and another loss to the Patriots back in 2005.

The Patriots have seen their fair share of Super Bowls throughout the years. They lost their first championship appearance to Walter Payton, Mike Singletary, William Perry and the 1985 Chicago Bears (46-10) followed by another loss in 1996 to Brett Favre and the Packers (35-21).

In 2001, the Patriots went to their third Super Bowl and were able to beat the St. Louis Rams (23-16).

Tom Brady threw one eight-yard touchdown in their victory against the Rams on a five-play drive that took 49 seconds.

In 2003, New England grabbed their second championship trophy against the Carolina Panthers (32-29). This season, Brady really began to make a name for himself, earning two Player of the Week awards during the regular season, as well as Super Bowl MVP. He threw three of New England’s four touchdowns over the Panthers.

Brady then earned his third championship ring on his career-first back-to-back Super Bowl victories in 2004. They squared off against a highly anticipated Eagles offense (24-21) that featured Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens.

In 2007, Eli Manning and the New York Giants upset the Patriots on what would have been their fourth Championship (17-14).

Because Peyton Manning and the Colts won it the year before this, the Manning brothers became the first sibling quarterbacks to become back-to-back Champions, as well as both being named MVPs of the Super Bowl.

Bill Belichick and Brady returned to the Super Bowl again in 2011 to ultimately fall again by the hands of the Giants (21-17).

Their legacy became more memorable in 2014 after defeating the Seattle Seahawks (28-24), and in 2016, after an almost impossible comeback against the Atlanta Falcons (34-28 OT).

As they prepare for Super Bowl LII, the Patriots have won five of their nine championships while the Eagles remain 0-2, hoping for their first title.

The game is set for Minneapolis, Minnesota and will be played in the newly renovated U.S. Bank Stadium.

I usually root for the NFC to win the Super Bowl, as it almost became a tradition to put my money on someone other than Brady.

But, despite any controversy that surrounds Brady’s legacy, I do believe he is the best quarterback around, and I think six championship rings would silence any remaining haters.

In their playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a friend of mine got off work late and was not able to see the entire game. But when he got home he asked if “Brady was being Brady?”

And that’s just it: he gets into the zone and will produce touchdown scoring drives like a machine. Doing “Brady” things or “Pulling a Brady” is almost immediately understood as winning.

He could be down 21-3 in the Super Bowl and come back to win it all. Because he’s Tom Brady and he’s awesome.

In short, I think the Patriots will come out on top, 24-10.