Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday Morning Quarterback #40 Tom Brady 2004 Upper Deck

In this ongoing series of posts I am going to feature cards from my fantasy football player collection, specifically the 117 quarterbacks I've had on my team's roster since 1980. I have one selected card for each player in my All-Time Flyers binder. Through the years I've tried to use as many different card varieties as possible while holding on to my preference which is: a card issued in a year I owned the player showing him in the proper team uni in a vertical format. Card availability and my whims have had a big impact on that standard as we will see. 
NFL Info: LOL, are you kidding.... he's Tom Brady.
  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)
  • 2× Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI, XXXVIII)
  • 2× AP NFL MVP (2007, 2010)
  • 9× Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (2007, 2010)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2005)
  • 5× AFC Champion (2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011)
  • 2× NFL Passing Yards Leader (2005, 2007)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2005)
  • Sporting News Sportsman of the Year (2004, 2007)
  • AP Male Athlete of the Year (2007)
  • 2× AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
  • 3× AFC Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010, 2011)
  • AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2009)
  • PFWA NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2009)
  • Most Career Playoff Starts For Quarterback (26)
  • Most Career Playoff Wins For Quarterback (18) 
  • New England Patriots All-time leader (Passing Touchdowns,Passing Yards, Pass Completions, Pass Attempts, and Career Wins)
  • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
Brady came out of Michigan as a sixth round(!) draft pick in 2000. He sat a season behind Drew Bledsoe and then in 2001 he took the job when Bledsoe was hurt. He never looked back.

Fantasy Impact: I had Brady in 2004 after a late season trade and used him as my starter for the last four weeks of the season. He had two decent games and then two stinkers as I faded from 6-3 (second best in the league) to end up 6-7 and missing the playoffs.

I drafted Brady this season and he was part of what I thought was one of my best teams ever post-draft. His sluggish start hurt me early and by the time he found his stride I was having other issues with injuries to key players. He's making his final start for me this week and it's also likely my final week as an active fantasy player. My interest in the current NFL is waning and after running my league for 35 years I'm pretty sure I'm going to hang it up. We'll see.

The Card: "Ladies and gentlemen, we have a split decision." The front of this Upper Deck card is just fine. Good picture of Brady filling the frame, a picture taken during the previous Super Bowl which the Pats won in Houston. I love that SB patch. The silver chromey typeface at the bottom is hard to read on the scan but it's not as obscure in hand.

The back however is another story altogether. All that empty space! I suppose four seasons of stats are not going to fill the card but there are dozens of guys in the set with similar experience. They all have that field of nothingness. Crappy design.

1 comment:

  1. I wouldn't be able to quit fantasy football. But it's easy for me to say that when I am 11-2 and rolling into the playoffs as the #1 seed in the office league. I haven't had as many fantasy teams over the last couple years as I used to run, but I still enjoy playing in at least one football, basketball, and hockey league to go alongside two or three baseball teams.