Super Bowl LI
By Hugh Sims
Life couldn’t be better. I’m living in beautiful Los Angeles, I’m working for NFL Network, and Tom Brady has officially made his mark in history as the greatest quarterback ever to play the game. I still can’t get over the events that took place this season, and I probably never will as long as I’m alive. Thomas Edward Patrick Brady has faced so much adversity in his lifetime, and nothing but pure determination, drive, and perseverance has gotten him to where he is today. His work ethic, ideals, and dedication along with the rest of the Patriots organization is like nothing I have ever seen before.
I really believe “The Patriot Way” is something that everyone should take a little note from. During a production meeting this past week, producer Drew Levvy brought up a great point that has stuck with me since. It was also non-bias as he is a Redskins fan which made it more compelling. At one point in the game, Tevin Coleman runs into the end zone to bring the game to 28-3 Falcons. After the score it clips to the Falcons sideline. While everyone on the team is celebrating the score, other RB Devonte Freeman is standing there, straight faced, with his arms crossed (showing jealousy that he should be the one on the field). That is the difference between the Patriots and every other team in the league. It doesn’t matter who scores on the Patriots, everyone from Julien Edelman to the 9th string practice squad player is celebrating. There is no caring about yourself on the Patriots. There is no personal statistics. It’s all about the team and winning football games and nothing else. The players truly invest themselves with those ideals and invest into the system. All these types of things have lead to five super bowl wins in the last sixteen years, a feat that may never be accomplished again. Working at NFL Network while this happened couldn’t have been better timing and I am extremely thankful every day that I go this opportunity.