Tom Brady Once Leveled A Heckler In A Pickup Basketball Game At Michigan
Some of you may not know that Tom Brady had a basketball career in addition to football and baseball. Fort fortunately for him, his hoops career ended following his sophomore year in high school. I was there for pretty much all of it -- I was the freshman basketball coach at Serra High in San Mateo when Brady was there.
He was a pretty good basketball player, but it was clearly his third-best sport. One thing I recall is his hesitancy to go hard to the basket during layup drills -- taking about six dribble from midcourt to get there. So We installed The Brady Rule, in which players could take no more than three.
But his finest moment on the hardwood came years later, while at Michigan.
The Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels talked with Brady's ex-Michigan teammate Jay Flannelly, who told him a story about how, when Brady was playing an intramural basketball game against a Michigan frat house, one of the opposition players started heckling him. NESN:
Flannelly was the last player on the bench for a team full of football players, Brady included. The game started to get physical and Brady was in the crosshairs of the opposition — members of a Michigan frat house. “You suck,” they shouted as he run up the court. “You’ll never be the quarterback here,” another said. “They were giving Tom a hard time about Drew Henson,” Flannelly said. “Tom just took it. He said nothing, but you could tell he was getting pissed off.
"He comes over to me with a minute left in the game. I was playing point guard and he said, ‘Beav, next time I inbound you the ball, I want you to take it and sprint up the court.’ ” Brady inbounded the ball and Flannelly sprinted up the court like directed. As he neared halfcourt, he heard a loud thud. Then there was silence.
“Tom set a really hard screen on the kid that was telling him Drew Henson was a lot better than him,” Flannelly said. “This kid was like looking for his face on the ground. Tom just lit this kid up and laid him out.”
My stock answer when asked about Brady is that he succeeded despite me. What if he had chosen basketball as a career? Oh Lord. But maybe I taught Brady something useful after all.
One thing he's had since age 12 is a fierce competitive streak.
The chirping Brady heard in college had nothing on the hate that has been thrown his way this offseason, when fans and media members alike publicly branded him a cheater for his alleged involvement in Deflategate. A federal judge last week, however, nullified the four-game suspension Brady was slapped with as a result of the scandal, and Flannelly now expects the quarterback to give the rest of the NFL the same treatment he did that Michigan frat bro.
“He uses negatives and turns them into positives,” Flannelly told Daniels. “Tom Brady by himself is bad. A pissed-off Tom Brady is really, really bad. You know who it’s going to be bad for? The 11 defenders every week who have to play against him and the defensive coordinator on the other team. They’re all going to pay for this."
It's ALMOST GAME TIME.
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If the Patriots win, Brady will set the NFL record for career wins with a single team, surpassing Brett Favre.
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