Brady misses Welker, wishes him the best

Brady misses Welker, wishes him the best
June 5, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Feel bad for Tom Brady now that Wes Welker's out of town? Kind of? A little bit?

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Between the Super Bowls, the money, the Gisele and the enormous moat, Tom Brady’s life doesn’t inspire all that much sympathy. It’s a little known scientific fact that the phrase “I feel bad for Tom Brady” has never been used in a non-sarcastic tone.
 
But this afternoon, I shed a tear (internally) while reading the transcript of Brady’s recent interview with CNBC.
 
"It was a very sad day for me losing one of my best friends,” Brady said of Wes Welker's move to Denver. “I'll say that. I know that he's moved on to a great team, and a great place. They have a great quarterback [Peyton Manning], one of my friends, but we're competing against those guys this year. We'll get a chance to take them on -- we have a lot of time between now and then. I love him. I wish him the best."
 
So, yeah. I feel a little bad for the guy. Just from personal perspective, this has all got to be pretty weird.
 
Looking back, he started his career as the cool younger brother. He grew up with Lawyer Milloy, Ty Law, and then guys like Bruschi, Vrabel, McGinest, Koppen, Faulk, Seymour, Light and Branch. Remember that video of Brady screeching like a Belieber at the Kentucky Derby? In that quick shot of him and Bruschi you could see that they have a relationship that goes way beyond football. When you think about it, there was a time when Brady basically went to work every day with his best friends. I can’t imagine anything better.
 
And between then and now, he’s said goodbye to them all. First the older crew, then Troy Brown, and in the last two years: Faulk, Light and Branch. Today, Vince Wilfork is the only player left from even the third Super Bowl season. And of the guys who have come through town since, Welker was the only one who came close to filling that kind of void. Or so it seemed.
 
Now he’s gone, and suddenly the younger brother is the oldest player on the team by two years. He’s at least eight years older than each one of his projected starting receivers/tight ends. That might be great news for the team's long-term future, but in terms of personal relationships and waking up every morning just dying to go hang out at the stadium . . . there’s no way that it’s as much fun as it used to be.
 
But then again, Tom Brady still gets to play football for a living.
 
“I feel so bad for him.”