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Not even William Shakespeare can write a script better than this.
Tom Brady, the patriot of all patriots. The winningest of all the winners. The greatest of all the greats, will (almost certainly) become the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader on a Sunday Night Football showdown against none other than his former team, the New England Patriots, in his former home, Gillette Stadium.
Tom Brady, who won 6 Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and made his case for being the greatest football player of all time, left New England to settle down in Tampa Bay.
But if there is one thing you need to know about Tom Brady, it’s that he never settles down. The former 6th round pick who was labeled ‘too skinny’ and was said to ‘lacks great physical stature and strength’ won a Super Bowl in his first season in Tampa Bay at the young age of 43 years old.
Now 44, Tom wins a Super Bowl approximately every 6.29 years of his life.
And at 44 years old, the kid who was too skinny will nearly certainly surpass Drew Brees and take the crown of being the all-time NFL passing yards leader. Brady currently sits at 80,191, second to only Brees who’s at 80,358.
Now, Brady and the Buccaneers, coming off of a loss to the Rams, will face Bill Belichick, the mastermind behind the Patriots dynasty. Brady and Belichick are widely reported to have a massive falling out in the final years of Brady as a Patriot.
Brady wanted to go to San Francisco and fulfill his childhood dream of playing for the 49ers, but Kyle Shanahan is (reported to have said) that he thought Jimmy Garoppolo would get the job done just as much as Brady could, and he didn’t see a huge gap between the two in play-style and talent.
So, Brady took his talents down south and took over the Floridan beaches.
Although Brady escaped Bill Belichick and the Patriot Way from up north, it was inevitable that he would return.
Now in his return, he’s most likely going to achieve something that has never been done before, throw for over 80,358 yards.
Tom Brady is a GOAT doing GOAT things, and on Sunday, he’s about to take over his old farm in a way that’s never been done before.
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Carles Gil is that guy, pal.
The midfielder from the New England Revolution was born and raised in Valencia, Spain, where he rose through the youth ranks of Valencia before finally making his senior team debut in 2012.
From there, Gil was loaned out to Elche, won promotion to La Liga, before making a move to Aston Villa where he found some success. However, the success didn’t last for long as he was sold to Deportivo La Coruna only 2 years later. After an uneventful time with Coruna, Gil crossed the pond and joined the party of the winningest city in sports, Boston.
For years, Boston has always been the premier city for all sports. From the Tom Bady era for the Patriots to the Bruins always finding success for themselves, Boston seemingly never lost.
Throughout the 2010 decade, Boston won a major sports title on 6 separate occasions. The Patriots won three, the Red Sox won 2, and the Bruins won 1.
However, the soccer team in town, the New England Revolution, has always been the odd one out.
From not finding success on the field to never having a true soccer-specific stadium to call home to not attracting star players, the Revolution has always just been there.
But when Spanish midfielder Carles Gil arrived in 2019, all of that changed.
In his debut season, Gil banged in 10 goals and recorded 14 assists, and was awarded the captaincy. Gil also won the MLS Newcomer of the Year Award.
Not bad for a 5’7, 143-pound Spanish kid in a city of sports giants.
Fast forward to the 2021 season (Gil only played 6 games in 2020 due to injuries) and Gil hasn’t missed a beat.
The Spaniard has bagged 2 goals and dishes out 11 assists - which leads the league.
Carles Gil is the starman in a star-studded team. Being the best player while playing alongside the likes of Gustavo Bou, Tajon Buchanan, and Matt Turner is no easy feat.
However, Gil is the frontrunner for the Landon Donovan MVP Award and at 52 points, Gil has led the Revolution to the top spot in the MLS, being ten points clear of the second-place team, the Seattle Sounders.
Carles Gil may not be the biggest, nor the strongest, but he’s a goalscoring, assist dishing, winner that is a near lock to win MVP and has the potential to bring the city of Boston (and the New England area) their first championship in the post Tom Brady era.
That right there is the American Dream.
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Will Levis is a blue-chip quarterback playing in blue for the Kentucky Wildcats. Just announced as the starting quarterback for Kentucky’s week 1 clash against LA-Monroe, Levis appears to be on top of the world for some fans. However, Levis’ ride to the top wasn’t as smooth as many may think.
Will grew up in an athletic family, his mother was an All-American soccer superstar at Yale and his great-grandfather won a National Championship with Colgate.
“I learned a lot from my family,” said Levis, “I was never forced into playing football, it was just something I naturally gravitated to. My grandfather on my mom’s side coached at Yale and he always lived right next door to me growing up so he was a great resource for me to learn from.”
Levis learned a lot from his family and it paid off on the football field. The three start recruit from Connecticut got recruited to play for Penn State, and as a Penn State fan growing up, it was the perfect fit.
“Coming from Connecticut not a lot of kids get highly recruited from there - which is natural because it hasn’t been a hotspot for college recruiting in the past. I had to work hard and work my way up to get noticed,” said Levis about his recruiting process.
Committing to Penn State was a dream, and once he got there he made sure he can contribute to the program as much as he possibly can.
The dual-threat QB ran for 6 total touchdowns combined in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. However, Levis never got the chance to start.
Although Levis was a fan of Penn State growing up and loved the atmosphere of the White Out Games, he knew that it was in his best interest to enter the transfer portal and find a starting job elsewhere.
So, that’s exactly what Levis did.
After impressing in his few snaps at Penn State, Levis was heavily sought after. Many programs wanted the kid with a cannon for an arm and the ability to get it done on the ground.
They also wanted Levis due to his stellar academics. Levis graduated from Penn State in only three years.
After careful consideration, Levis chose the University of Kentucky.
Levis talked about his time with the Wildcats so far, stating, “It’s been great, they’ve been very welcoming to me. I’ve been working really hard and focusing on football and I’ve decided to do a master's program for business.”
Levis, who was recently announced the starting QB for Kentucky’s Week 1 game against LA-Monroe will show the world what he’s capable of today at noon.
Kentucky fans, it’s Will Levis time.
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