Much has already been written about all the achievements, accolades, trademarks and positive traits of the former New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers defender Tom BradyOver 22 seasons of his career, his accomplishments are undeniable and his numbers confirm them as the player who created an era in the NFL.
However, every human story has a dark side and Brady has a part that needs to be told because it’s part of his legacy and it’s the story of his big scandal that marked part of his legacy famous blow away.
History of Deflatgate
This story begins on Sunday, January 18, 2015, when Brady and the Pats organized Indianapolis Colts Andrew Laca at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts in the AFC Championship game for Super Bowl XLVIII.
The game was completely dominated by New England, who won the NFL championship game against Seattle Seahawks.
But after the game went off the rails, the Colts accused Brady of asking the Patriots staff to blow balls below standard. 12.5 and 13.5 pounds this is stipulated in the rules, for the purpose of better tackling the ball and that these balls were only used in the New England offense.
Punishments and consequences
After several months of independent investigation requested by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and carried out Ted Wellsin May of that year, Brady, who denied involvement, was found to have sent emails and other activities directly related to the incident, and four game suspension announced with immediate effect.
However, Brady appealed the sanction and managed to play the entire 2015 seasondespite this, after the completion of this process at the next break of the season, this appeal was annulled, and the quarterback eventually accepted four game suspension in 2016 season.
For many pundits and fans, this has definitely tarnished Tom Brady’s legacy as the honor of his past triumphs has been called into question and cost the Patriots $1 million fine and loss of two draft picks.
Including Super Bowl XLVIII vs. Seattle, Brady won four Super Bowls since this incident.