The first time New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft met Tom Brady, the young quarterback was walking down the stairs of the old Foxboro Stadium, with a pizza box stuffed under his arm. Kraft interrupted the skinny rookie before he could introduce himself. “I know who you are,” he said. “You’re Tom Brady. You’re our sixth-round draft choice.” To which Brady responded by looking his boss right in the eyes, and saying, “I’m the best decision this organization ever made.”
At least, that’s how Robert Kraft tells the tale 12 years, five Super Bowl appearances and three championships later.
“The location of that story tends to change a bit,” local author Sean Glennon tells me, as we discuss his new book Tom Brady vs. the NFL: The Case for Football’s Greatest Quarterback. “Sometimes it’s in the parking lot, sometimes on the steps of the stadium, or just after practice.”
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