"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."
Now that we've had some time to process Super Bowl 51, it's time to reflect on what can be learned from what seems to be the greatest Super Bowl ever. Not only did the game go into overtime for the first time in history, but Tom Brady led the greatest comeback anyone has ever seen in the game of football. Matt Ryan still had a fantastic game and the Falcons are awesome. They will be back! But this moment belonged to Brady.
Yes, he now has more world championships that Joe Montana (5 Super Bowl rings), the most MVPs, one of the greatest coaches ever at his disposal, and numerous other accolades that definitely qualify him as the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. However, he did something that was much more special to witness on Sunday night. Something that everyone considered to be impossible.
I remember watching the game in the 3rd Quarter, the Patriots were down 28-3 and were playing a terrible game. Nothing seemed to be going right and everyone had turned the TV off at this point, assuming that the Falcons had the game won. But there was one person left in the world that refused to quit. One person that wanted it more. One person that was willing to carry his team to glory. That man was Tom Brady.
After he capitalized on late opportunities in the 4th Quarter, he drove 90 yards down the field in 3 minutes to tie the game in spectacular fashion. Then it was fate that gave the Patriots the ball first in Overtime. I can't emphasize how incredible it felt to watch that first drive. Brady lead his team down the field, looking virtually unstoppable. It felt like destiny was on his side as he mounted the greatest drive in history and punched it into the end zone.
This is a game that you must watch from beginning to end, in order to understand the feeling, if you haven't already. Bottom line, Tom Brady imbued greatness and proved to the world that nothing is impossible. If you ever need a lesson on leadership, adversity, hope, determination, or simply what it means to be great, all you have to do is look no further than Tom Brady, a living legend.