First Ray Lewis, now Tom Brady?!
What in the world is going on with the NFL and this odd behavior?
As the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH prepares to let the finalists for the Hall of Fame Class of 2020, certain players and personalities speak out about some of the players who are on the list of those to be enshrined.
Recently, Steelers rivals have chimed in regarding Troy Polamalu being on the ballot for the first time since retiring. Saturday it was Ray Lewis who talked about why Polamalu should be a first ballot player. Today, Tom Brady of the New England Patriots gave his two cents on just what made Polamalu special, and difficult to play against.
Check out what he had to say:
Former #Steelers S Troy Polamalu is a finalist in his 1st year for potential induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (voting in one week from tonight). #Patriots QB Tom Brady offered this powerful statement re: playing against Troy: pic.twitter.com/wwUt9yqOcl— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) January 25, 2020
“One key to success for a quarterback is to study a lot of film in order to understand defensive tendencies and know how the defense will try to defend everything you are trying to do as an offense. But that never worked against Troy [Polamalu]. He was one of the most instinctive players I have every played against. Outside of his incredible athleticism, his greatest skill was his unpredictability. You could never quite get a bead on what he was doing, yet, he was always around the ball. Troy was just a playmaker you had to account for on every play. It was amazing to watch film of him and try to understand how he knew where to be and when. If you wanted to find Troy, you just looked to where the ball was going and you would always find him.”
High praise from a player many consider the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. Comments like this, and the same regarding Lewis’ recent remarks, just goes to show the respect players have for one another, and how they ultimately have each other’s backs.
Polamalu will find out this week if he will be a first ballot talent, which almost everyone believes he is, or if he will be like Alan Faneca and have to wait until his bust is forever enshrined in the hallowed halls of Canton, OH.
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