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Why we should cheer for the New England Patriots

Enjoy the NFL’s greatest dynasty while you can

By Josiah Peterson | Contributor

The New England Patriots will take the field Sunday to make their eight Super Bowl appearance in 16 years. Why cheer for them to fail? (Photograph provided by Wikimedia Commons)

The New England Patriots will take the field Sunday to make their eight Super Bowl appearance in 16 years. Why cheer for them to fail? (Photograph provided by Wikimedia Commons)

I am here to make the case for the student body and faculty of Taylor University to cheer for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII this Sunday. This opinion begins in a swamp; this is not the swamp with the green guy, the talking donkey or the waffles, but the swamp of San Mateo, California. Forty years ago, a young boy named Tom was born who grew to love football. He grew to college age and went to the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) to fight for a starting quarterback position for four years. Then, he entered the NFL Draft. It was not until the sixth round, until 198 young players were drafted, including six future quarterbacks, that Tom Brady was picked by the New England Patriots. This un-athletic late draft pick met the owner of these Patriots and said to Robert Kraft’s face, “I am the best decision this organization has ever made.” And he was not even the starting quarterback.

When Tom Brady got the starting job for New England, he managed to throw the ball well with a huge chip on his shoulder. And he never looked back. Beginning in the 2001 season, Tom Brady has been dominant in the league. His team has only one season below 10 wins and only three below 12 wins in a 16-game season. He has started more playoff games than any other player (36) and won more as well (27). Brady is going to his record-setting eighth Super Bowl on Sunday, and he has already won the Super Bowl five times, which is another record. If he wins on Sunday, he will have six rings. This means that he will have as many Super Bowl wins as the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are the only organization to have six Super Bowl victories and they are one of the oldest teams, having been established in 1933. Tom Brady is about to match this in just 17 years. This dynasty that the Patriots have held for almost two decades will not last for much longer. Head coach Bill Belichick, Brady and company do not have many more years in them, so why cheer for them to fail? In 10 years, we can look back at this dynasty and marvel at the six plus Super Bowl victories and see that this was the most dominant team for two decades. Then it will be someone else’s turn. Until then, let us all respect the greatest and cheer for him to continue to lead his team to another Super Bowl victory.

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