Former NFL star Doug Flutie has spoken about his admiration of legendary quarterback Tom Brady and recalled their time playing together for the New England Patriots.
Flutie had a brief spell with the Patriots back in 2005, when Brady was not yet quite as big a name as he is now, though it seems Flutie always rated him highly.
Brady is now considered one of the greatest to play the sport, and it’s no surprise that Flutie has fond recollections of their time together as team-mates, and that he still likes to keep an eye on the 44-year-old, who is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“I get really excited about Tom Brady,” he said. “I played one year, my last season, with him in New England. And when he made the move to Tampa, I was really intrigued.
“Of course, he knew what he was doing. He went to a team with a great defense. He had weapons around them, he didn’t have to be the entire show, although he always is. And he goes somewhere to win the Super Bowl.
“So now, I’m just intrigued again. Can he do it again? They’re reloaded. They’ve got all these weapons. That’s pretty exciting for me to see what’s going on there.”
“It’s amazing to think that Tom had already won two Super Bowls,” he said. “Tom was one of the reasons I went to New England. It was home, but I’m thinking ‘I’ve got a shot here. Tom will win me a Super Bowl.’ He was already that guy.”
“But we got beat out in Denver. A guy dropped a punt that never fumbles a punt his life, and Tom actually threw a pick down on the goal line that gets returned 99 yards. Stuff that never happened to the Patriots happened in that game.
“I went to New England thinking get the pompoms out, cheerlead for Tom and have him win a Super Bowl ring before I retired. That’s what I was hoping for.
“But it’s amazing to think back in ’05 that Tom Brady was already a legend.”
Another player to watch at the moment is Patrick Mahomes, and Flutie singled him out as one of the most impressive players in terms of athleticism in the sport right now.
“The difference with Patrick Mahomes is that part of the athleticism is throwing the ball off balance, falling away, jump passes, looking away, all that stuff,” he said.
“That’s all part of athleticism to me. The ball can come out whenever he wants it to come out. He doesn’t have to be set, he can be between steps and the ball is out.”