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There's no beating Brady ... ever

JJ Feigenbaum is a freshman at Wesleyan and an Andover native. He has followed the Patriots for the entire 18 years of his life. Fanaticism runs in the blood, as his father, Mark Feigenbaum, was Patriots Fan of the Year in 1996. Ladies beware; he plans to name his first-born child, son or daughter, Belichick.

You have to win one game. Just one.

It is the most important game in the world to you, your teammates and your enduring fan base. Maybe it's the Super Bowl, maybe it's against your rival high school on Thanksgiving or maybe you've just run into a bit of a gambling debt and need to guarantee yourself a winner. Any way you slice it, you absolutely must win this game.

Your team is set and you are confident in them there's just one lingering question. Who do you take at quarterback?

Behind door No. 1 is a superb athlete. He's been a winner in the past: in college he won three conference titles, set school records for touchdown passes and yards of total offense. He was a top draft pick and eventually developed into one his conference’s top quarterbacks. This season, he threw for 3,875 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also cut down on his mistakes, throwing only eight picks all year. His quarterback rating is tremendous, a scorching hot 104.7. In the past month he has played a pair of quality games and finally brought his team to the verge of a Lombardi Trophy, erasing the stain of three straight years of duty as the NFC's bridesmaid. He is Donovan McNabb, and after all you know about him, he's definitely your starting quarterback unless a vintage Joe Montana or Joe Namath is standing behind that other door.

Neither of them is lurking there. Instead, it's a scrawny looking kid from California named Tom Brady, who barely outgunned a baseball player for the starting quarterback spot in college, barely squeezed his way into the NFL via a sixth round draft pick, and at one point sat behind Damon Huard on an NFL depth chart. Heck, he wouldn't even have had the chance to play football if a freight train named Mo Lewis hadn't run over Drew Bledsoe in 2001.

No question right, you take McNabb, the athlete, the big arm, the touchdowns and the yards, right? God no. You take that Brady kid, because if you have to win a game, I mean absolutely have to win a game, he's the man to do it.

He had a good season this year, has had four good seasons in fact. He threw for 3,692 yards and 28 touchdowns -- not quite McNabb's numbers, but solid nonetheless. In only four NFL seasons as a starter, Brady has piled up nearly 14,000 yards through the air. His 87.5 career QB rating is good.   Continued...

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