New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may be a 3x Super Bowl Champion, 9x Pro Bowler, and arguably one of the greatest passers to ever play the game of football, yet that didn’t stop him from tipping his helmet to one of the NFL’s best young quarterbacks in regards to the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck.
According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, Brady had high praise for the Indianapolis Colts’ young superstar:
"“He’s a great player, in his third year, and he’s had a lot of success,” Brady said Wednesday of the Colts’ young signal-caller at his weekly news conference.”He’s big, fast, shrugs off blockers. He makes a lot of extended plays,” Brady said. “He’s a great passer. I think they’ve thrown for more yards [3,105] at this point in the year than any other team in history.”“Their offense is doing a great job this year; they score a lot of points [averaging a league-high 32.2 per game], especially at home. He’s kind of the ringleader. He does a lot of things I wish I could do.”"
Of course, buyer beware, as Bill Belichick’s Patriots have always been coached up on how to “talk-up” the enemy before a match-up. The Colts should take the comments in stride, remembering that they don’t want to be the fattened up pig before a slaughter.
At the surface, Brady may mean well, but there also may be some obvious gamesmanship behind his comments. Fortunately for the Colts, QB Andrew Luck doesn’t seem to be the type that gets a big head, just a big beard. He’s always shown tremendous poise, and these comments likely won’t have much of an effect on him at all come Sunday night.