Tom Brady flew in third, and by stopwatch, that gave him a different life as a draft prospect, timed to do 5.28 in the 40-yard dash, which should have been a win for the Giants. Brady is one of the greatest athletes in the history of American sports, a fact made more remarkable by the fact that he is not exactly a great athlete.
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But after two consecutive losses and facing the franchise that kept him from winning nine Super Bowls, Brady was going to remind the world why he managed to win seven. At 44, he stepped into the pocket, tucked the ball tightly and made a game of the second quarter with his feet, which he couldn’t make as a college boy in Michigan. He stepped high around a diving Tae Crowder, then slid over the Giants’ 23-yard line to finish his 10-yard dash for the first time.
The official play-by-play summary of this 30-10 beatdown will report that Xavier McKinney made the stop. The truth is, Brady chops him Ty Cobb-style (high spikes) and sends him flying before rising from his home turf, tossing the ball defensively and dramatically pumping his fist and hitting Tampa Bay. He abused the crowd. Brady sees McKinney on his March Back to Huddle. No, the quarterback of the defending champion Buccaneers wasn’t going to let the Giants ruin his night this time around.
No, Tom Brady wasn’t going to lose three times in a row for the first time since 2002.