2. Tom Brady
Tom Brady is arguably the best player ever to put on an NFL uniform. It’s natural for people to hate greatness. Especially, when it lines up in some form of a red, white, and blue jersey with the number 12 on it and beats the crap out of your team, twice a year for 18 years.
TB12 has dominated the New York Jets to the tune of a 29–7 record, 8.649 yards, and 57 touchdowns. He has never been mean or vindictive. Brady just went out there cut the heart out of Gang Green with the precision of a thoracic surgeon.
Actually, without the Jets, Tom Brady might never have become The GOAT. On September 23, 2001, it was New York’s Mo Lewis who knocked New England’s starter, Drew Bledsoe, out of the game leading to Brady’s debut. Not yet the master of the fourth-quarter comeback, Tom Terrific couldn’t bring his team back. It must have been okay with Bill Belichick because he installed Brady as the starter, and New England went 10–0 the rest of the way.
So why is Brady so hated?
It might be due to his All-American apple pie smile, super-model wife Gisele Bündchen, or him showing up in commercials during the season more than Dennis Haysbert telling the country they are in good hands, that makes Gang Green fans want to throw a shoe through their televisions. That’s part of the reason why Brady is so hated.
Then there are the above mentioned semi-annual butt kickings he has given the New York Jets since 2002. But the final piece has to do with what lies beneath. The Jets’ faithful doesn’t believe in the squeaky clean facade. All they see is the guy who ordered that his footballs get deflated.