I have heard Tom Brady’s ex-teammates are very excited for him and would love nothing better for him to win his seventh Super Bowl. Can the same be said about Bill Belichick?
I am not so sure.
I want to believe that Bill, like a proud father, will sit cheer on his ex-quarterback. While I think Brady’s success tweaks Bill more than a little, but I do think the guy wants Tom beat Kansas City. At least, I hope he does.
Why did this have to a happen? Because Bill simply didn’t want Tom to grow up.
As parents we have to adjust our style in raising our kids as they get older … and it ain’t easy. Letting go of the reigns and not treating your 15-year-old the same as you did when he or she was eight is challenging. Realizing they don’t worship your every word anymore or tell you everything about their day or even find you remotely funny is freaking heartbreaking. I still have to tell myself when my teenager doesn’t say a word to me during a 20-minute car ride not to take it personally. We have no choice but to do this or our kids will just shut us out. Bill didn’t think this would happen with Tom, and it did.
There is no question that the 22-year-old Tom Brady benefited greatly from Bill’s football fatherhood role. Let’s face it, while we all want to say it was Brady and not Belichick, we know it was a team effort, for a while. Bill never understood that as Tom grew older and wiser, the quarterback just didn’t need him as much anymore … if at all. Welcome to parenthood.
The best example I can think of is the Boston Celtics of the 1980s. The heavy hand of Bill Fitch got the party started and the velvet hand of K.C. Jones kept the bash going. Was it too much of us to ask of Bill to treat Tom differently as the years went by? No, not all. We have seen Bill adjust his defensive and offensive philosophies and even bring in un-Patriot like players like Randy Moss and Corey Dillon. So, he could have changed the way he treated Brady as the little tyke grew into a man.
He could let him have his friends over like Alex Guerrero, increased his allowance and even given him the keys to the car and let him help out with play and player selection. But that was too much for Bill to surrender.
In the end the coach just didn’t want his quarterback to grow up, and as is the case with all of our kids, he did.