Brady Told Kraft ‘I’m Best Decision This Organization Has Ever Made’

FOXBORO (CBS) – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, speaking from Gillette Stadium on Friday, remembers back to when he first met Tom Brady.

The 22-year-old Brady was just as confident as the 34-year-old version that takes the field every Sunday for the Patriots.

“I still have the image of Tom Brady coming down the old Foxboro stadium steps with that pizza box under his arm, a skinny beanpole, and when he introduced himself to me and said ‘Hi Mr. Kraft,’ he was about to say who he was, but I said ‘I know who you are, you’re Tom Brady. You’re our sixth round draft choice,’” recalled Kraft.  “And he looked me in the eye and said ‘I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.’ It looks like he could be right.”

Robert Kraft On Brady: 

Brady will be playing in his sixth AFC championship in 11 years on Sunday, as he and the Patriots take on the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette. Brady is gunning for his fifth Super Bowl appearance, and for Kraft, watching him grow from a late draft pick to the super star leader he is today has been a pleasure.

“Watching Tom grow and evolve; from being a single guy in the market place to getting married and going to his wedding, seeing the kind of father is, he’s just a very unusual young man and a great leader,” said Kraft. “He’s matured beautifully and he still kept his humility. I’m really happy that we have him as our quarterback.”

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Then again, there was another decision Kraft made back in 2000 that could compete with taking Brady 199th overall that same year.

“Hiring Bill Belichick has also been a pretty good decision, although some of the media beat me up pretty good the first year and a half,” said Kraft, who added that decision has worked itself out over the years.

“I think he’ll go down as the greatest coach in the history of the NFL, because he’s really competing in the era of the salary cap,” Kraft said. “When I bought the team, it was the beginning of the salary cap, and I think a lot of great coaches had difficulty understanding how to balance the economics of the game and the budgets. His product knowledge is so great.

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Brady and Belichick are a combined 15-5 in the postseason, with 124 regular season wins to their name.

“I hope we have the best quarterback and coach in the history of the game; I guess to prove that we have a little more execution we have to do over the year, and I surely hope we do it,” the Pats owner said.

Tune in to the AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens Sunday, January 22 at 3pm on 98.5 The Sports Hub and WBZ-TV. Pregame coverage begins with a special two-hour Patriots GameDay on WBZ at 11:00am, with Patriots Preview beginning at noon on the Hub!

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  • FN Cee

    So, 198 not-as-great decisions preceded the best one? … sure looks that way … gotta love it!!

    • Squeezel

      Desperate for attention tonight …. by the way, the focus of the article Tom Brady, is white – you are a little off topic. You forgot to cut holes in your white sheet otherwise it will cut off oxygen to your brain and you will become an idiot..oh, too late.

      • smokehouse56

        Damn racist!

    • Bozo the Clown

      Sounds like a good thing to post in the Ravens locker room.

      This N.E. team had the worst defense all year, and the team is a bunch of cheaters.

      Baltimore vs S.F.

  • Mike

    This was news like 10 years ago. What’s next…..a story on Lebron James holding a press conference to announce he’s going to Miami?

    • Ben

      I hate this crybaby overrated moron! I hope he gets the crap kicked out of him come sunday. He’s not “great” the ppl around him is what has made him “great”

  • BobbyONJ

    Once a douche….

  • Fred

    Hey, you know what pride comes before, right?

    • TruthInSpending

      Destruction is the proper answer, though most would say it’s “a fall”.

    • Fed Up

      I just logged on to voice the same sentiment. This man is courting disaster with his attitude. Pride NEVER gets you the ticket through the gates of heaven

    • OhioGirl82

      Fred — did you note that this is what he said 12 YEARS AGO? He was a 22-year-old and the 199th pick in the draft. It’s not an outrageous thing to say when trying to impress the knew boss.

      If “the fall” takes 12+ years to happen, maybe pride isn’t so bad….

      • Erick Blair

        Good comment. But I’m even more in agreement with Joshua Veverka. When a lot of folks get behind the keyboard and convince themselves that no-one can touch them they say a LOT of stupid things. If you use the internet a lot you quickly find that it is not something to be taken too seriously.

      • Joshua Veverka

        Dont try talking sense to these people. They read the headline off of the Drudge Report and went straight to the comment section.

      • TomB

        More likely a Jets troll rather than a Drudge link. Why the problem there, anyway? The man links stories to a variety of news sources and does not produce his own copy. Its now I ran across this story, and I agree that Brady absolutely is the best decision the Patriots ever made. And having that attitude going into your rookie year when you know you will be riding the bench and competing for a job as a backup is the best possible one you could have.

      • Michael Dupe


      • SABoy

        I like Brady’s comment. It showed that he was confident, a little ballsy, and ready to prove himself.

        And he has. By far.

      • Macksfield

        It’s an absolutely stupid thing to say at any age. It’s arrogant and self serving.really no other way to look at it, sorry.

    • tomSERVO

      Superbowl victories?

      • MacCane

        …a crash and hope it gets handed to him on Sunday…Mr. Ego.

      • #11

        This story only mentions one line he said 12 years ago as a rookie in a private conversation with the team owner. How, exactly, is that trash talking? I’m guessing your comment is based on the headline and you didn’t bother to read the article.

      • Boston CreamPie

        Montana never talked trash like this, this mofo is going to lose on Sunday.

        Good riddance.

    • Steeler Homer

      Boston Creampuff, you realize he said this 10 years ago right? Heck yeah I want my 6 round draft pick to have that attitude…means he is going to go out and try to prove it, and you know what, 10 years down the road as arguably the best quarterback of his era he still goes out every game trying to prove it. Maybe if QBs like Mark Sanchez and Tony Romo had more of Brady’s attitude they might be winning superbowls too.

    • Brad

      that already happened

      • Bill Walsh

        What already happened? The 4 Super Bowl wins or the 3 Super Bowl MVP’s? I don’t think so chowderhead.

    • Fred's conscience

      Since he made these comments 12 years ago:
      3 super bowl victories
      7× Pro Bowl selection (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)
      2× First-team All-Pro selection (2007, 2010)
      1× Second-team All-Pro selection (2005)
      3× Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)
      2× Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI, XXXVIII)
      4× AFC Champion (2001, 2003, 2004, 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 MVP (2007, 2010)
      2× AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
      2× AFC Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
      NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2009)
      New England Patriots All-time leader
      (Passing touchdowns)
      NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
      List of his accomplishments
      NFL record 358 consecutive passing attempts without an interception

      • bill

        they were caught cheating, that’s their legacy. Just like hiring Mcdaniel which they really did not have to, they beat Broncos 41-22 during regular season. If you recall the 2 pockets in the game last weekend and picture swapping the 2 quarterbacks, Brady would have been knocked out of the game. They did not cheat the last few years, after caught cheating and what a pathetic playoff record.
        I know, facts are such a stubborn thing.

      • Bill Walsh

        Yeah but he’s no Joe Montana with his 4 Super Bowl trophies and 3 Super Bowl MVP’s. He’s still young and better than ever so he could surpass Montana who is the greatest NFL QB of all time.

      • ht

        you forgot to mention he is a douche as well

      • Jim Simmons

        Add Sygate to the List some where in there????????

      • JC

        I am a Dallas Cowboy fan. Brady is the best I have seen.

      • Darby Barnes

        The man’s great and this attitude should be celebrated! But I root against him at least twice a year, as I’m a Buffalo Bills fan (there might just be a little envy there).

      • Wooly

        Allow me to reply:

        Drew Brees.
        Enough Said.
        (…and before you say ” Drew’s not playing…”, please wait until Sunday night….but, really, after what we’ve seen this past season with Drew Brees smashing NFL records, the likes of which has NEVER been seen in the NFL…again…Enough Said.)

      • Patshater

        You forgot all the yellow, as in flags that protected Brady and turn games around to help them win. Oh and the cheating by filming other teams….

      • Steve Austin

        all three Superbowl victories came during the time the Patriots were cheating by stealing calls from other teams- since they have been caught they haven’t won a Superbowl- and I bet you they have found other ways to cheat. belichek will go down in history as the greatest cheating coach ever. Tom Brady as the biggest baby ever.

      • Macksfield

        It’s just a game, not real life. Hopefully you other things to look forward to. You don’t really know Tom.

      • Joe Vialonga

        Where can I get a copy of the book put out by the Pats in 2008? It was called “19-0”,
        oh wait……

    • camarshall

      Yeah…a fall. Can’t stand that cocky jerky attitude. I’ll take Tebow any day of the week. Go Tebow!!!

    • megamooo

      Say hello to Ray Ray, Mr. Brady.

      • Dayinalife

        You mean he thug in the wheelchair?!?

  • Scott

    “…said Kraft. “He’s matured beautifully and he still kept his humility….”

    Judging by Brady’s own words, I’d say this statement is false.

    PS @ Fred…..the fall. And fall he will…to the real men in the league; The New York Giants.

    • John Galt

      Brady and Eli will be eating bean dip on Super Bowl Sunday. It will be Ravens/Niners.

      • Art Friend

        I disagree with both of those predictions. The NFC will be close with the Giants winning but the Patriots will beat Baltimore and cover the spread plus a few.

      • mustangflyer

        I think you’ve got it nailed.

      • Robert

        The Ravens and Niners can’t go to the super bowl together….lol

      • karnak

        Nope. Niners maybe, but G-men are playing really well. But Ravens? Not going there.

      • Melissa

        Didn’t you just eat your words

    • truthmatters

      Eli is the real man compared to Brady? LMAO. Not even close. But it is alright for Eli to aspire to be as great as Tom is. YOU LOSER!

      • perogi

        @krp – who in the world says that Peyton is the greatest QB to ever play in the game???

      • krp

        It would so cool if the Giants went all the way. They we wouldn’t have anymore talk about how Peyton is the greatest QB to ever play the game.

      • Kevin

        As a Patriots fan, I hope we get to the bowl and I hope we are able to demolish ‘ol Eli. That’s who we want to play. But, if you took the current Giants team and changed out Eli for Payton, there’s no way we’d want to play that team. Payton is far better than his little brother. Eli has had better teams around him than Payton. I can’t really stand Payton, but I got big time respect for his elite abilities. I gotta say, I respect Eli as a good QB, just not a great QB.

      • krp

        Nobody will be if Eli has more rings than his brother.

      • Joe Vialonga

        Brady is the ‘Girlie man’ of the NFL. If it weren’t for the officials watching over him and throwing flags each time a defensive player gives him a mean look he would be no more then average.

        The wuss has even set up his excuse should he lose by claiming he has a sore shoulder. So if he wins the headline reads, “Brady Plays Hurt, Takes Pats to SB”, and if he loses, ” Warrior Brady Plays Hurt, but falls short,”

        I won’t even mention Belicheat and his $750,000 “mistake” when he was nailed secretly filming his opponents practice\e

      • Melissa

        @truthmatters, so true so true

      • Neo

        18 – 1

        That’s all

      • muzzle loader

        whu are you? Brady’.s little brother?

    • David W

      Read the damned article in full before commenting. He said it 12 years ago when he was new and unproven. It was mere bravdo and him being a optimistic at the time. IDIOT.

      • Babs

        I’m no Pats fan, but you’re right. This is such a non-story. Typical media crapola, before a big game. I prefer football without all the extra soap opera idiocy.

      • Tom Menino

        And then you took a shower together?

      • Bilford Rielly

        Ooooh – someone struck a nerve.

        When I told my High School Football Coach that I was the best player on the team ( he had me at second string Linebacker at the time) I proved it the very first game and through out the season. It didn’t take me twelve years.

      • Macksfield

        No, he was being arrogant. Call it like it is.

      • Scott

        I did, dip$hit. He was, is, and always will be a narcissistic a-hole. He is going to lose and I would love for it to happen against the Giants….again. Preseason, regular season, post season – it doesn’t seem to matter. Aside from one big play by Moss more than four years ago, the Patriots can’t beat the Giants. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it. How do you like them apples. Old man Brady just can’t get it done anymore. Cutting off his sissy hair didn’t help like Moss thought it would, I guess. I can see Brady straining to get up off of the ground right now. That deer in the headlights look his simple mind produces while he picks the grass clump from his face mask. If only this could happen again in 2014 when the game is held in New York. It will just have to wait.

    • TomB

      Hey Scott, if you ever run a business and hire people who think they are the best decision you ever made, you might be right. But when they follow up that statement with one of the best work ethics you have ever seen, then maybe that guy is right.

      Or if you would just hire a bunch of guys that say “eh, Im just gonna coast along and do as little as necessary to keep my job” Let me know, because Ill never use your services.

    • Sage Spalding

      The title of the article is misleading, and as a result the title header on the drudge report where most of this traffic is coming from does Tom Brady no justice…he said this twelve years ago as a rookie when he wasn’t even the starter behind Drew Lead-Toe….Brady IS super humble, and a great role model…if he made this comment this last week, then you’d be able to jump all over him for not being humble, but he didn’t, whoever wrote the title has something against Tom Brady…

    • Trajan Long

      Did you read the article? he said this 12 years ago after being drafted. What a bunch of idiot haters. Brady has always been a team player and a class act.

    • karnak

      This is so out of context. Brady who was really grateful for getting drafted in the 6th round came up to his new boss and was basically telling him that he was worth the risk. You interpretation is not only self serving, it neglects one of the really great stories in the NFL. Brady has been nothing but class, anyone who suggests otherwise is misinformed and does not know football.

  • meadowlands

    Lord,its hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way. Give me a break

    • Tom Menino

      When did this turn into a discussion on Obama? Stick to the topic.

  • Adam Smith

    Absolutely, positively, 100%, beyond the shadow of a doubt selecting Tom Brady with a sixth round draft pick was the best move the New England organization ever made.

  • MoKnows

    Wow….I knew there was a reason I can’t stand Brady….other then him leaving his 3 month pregnant girlfriend so he could go date a supermodel…

    • OhioGirl82

      @MoKnows — you obviously don’t know.

      Brady was dating Giselle BEFORE Bridgette told him she was pregnant. He left her BEFORE anyone knew she was pregnant.

      • Chris

        Did the girlfriend accidentally-on-purpose forget to take the pill, thinking that he’d stay with her? Women are sooo stupid. That theory certainly doesn’t work with rich men.

      • MacCane

        Please, do you really believe that? Really? Ever been in a relationship? Believe what you want.

    • OhioGirl82

      @MacCane — the timeline is very clear. It’s been common knowledge for a few hundred years that a human pregnancy is ~9 months. Brady began dating Giselle in mid-December (paparazzi photos confirm.) Baby was born 22 August. Bridgett got pregnant in early December, right before the break up. Even she didn’t know she was pregnant when Brady first went out with Giselle.

    • kgiexec

      Mo should know how to separate sports and entertainment from roll models. You should also spend less time judging others based on information reported by rag magazines. There is always two sides to a story. Don’t assume you know both sides.

      • Steve Austin


    • JR

      And frankly, Bridgette > Giselle.

  • John Mason

    At least he plays with skill and not faith.

    • Canof Sand

      Let me guess: You’re a bigot.

    • UYeahU

      Cheap shot at Tebow, since he has had only a 1/2 season as a starting QB under his belt. Perhaps when he has 12 seasons things may look a bit different. Also life is about a lot more than just sports. One day when football is just a memory, his faith will still be there.

    • TT

      Cheap chowderhead, cheap.

  • George

    Oh good. I was looking for another reason to not like him.

  • Chris Alf

    Isn’t he a little full of himself!

  • Ted

    Reading the headline, I was expecting to read about a jerk. But it’s not arrogant to say this one-on-one to your boss, it’s establishing a commitment to work your tail off and setting expectations that you’d better be prepared to deliver on. Can’t fault him for that.

  • sonnyboy

    Nothing like a little humility. I’ll take Tebow any day over a “I’m so great” comment.

  • soqueesh mulhatra

    It’s easy to win when you cheat. Bellichek and Brady have been exposed and proved publicly as cheaters. In fact, it stands as the primary reason for any success they’ve had. When you have practice videos and opposing team playbooks, it’s fairly easy to scheme against opponents.

    The Patriot’s cheating episode is one of the great cover-ups of pro sports. The NFL brass successfully squelched the issue to provide the illusion of “fairplay,” and maintain their huge cash flow; but that was the day I stopped watching football…

    When cheaters are held up as “superstars” and “genuises,” and protected by a greedy business operation–it eliminates the integrity of the sport.

    • Mike Hunt

      Wow. I seen dumb stuff said, but this take the cake. Congratulations.

    • ryan

      Dude, teams steal each other’s signals all the time. The Pats just happened to get caught,

      • teaj

        correction. patriots steal other’s signals all the time and there is proof.

      • Steve Austin

        way to try and deflect- please show the evidence of other teams stealing signals- I only know of what team that was proven to do it.

    • BigAl

      And no love for the Raiders, but that tuck rule was the most absurd, orchestrated pile of cr@p ever in professional or amateur sports. To this day it remains a fumble, no matter how much $$$ Kraft paid to have it called otherwise…

    • NHJoe

      Soqueesh said “The Patriot’s cheating episode is one of the great cover-ups of pro sports.”

      This is laughable. As Ryan stated, ALL teams steal signals. The Patriots just got caught. I would also argue about this being the greatest coverup in sports history (you sound like a disgruntled #18 fan). The greatest coverup in sports history are all the illegitimate children running around fathered by professional athletes who are propped up as heroes and role models (Brady included), which is telling and sad.

      • Joe Vialonga

        “Everyone else does it”? Let me guess, you voted for old elephant ears, Hussein Obama…right

      • Mixer

        Belichick video-taped his opponent’s practices – that is a more than stealing signals and name another team that has been caught videotaping…

      • Macksfield

        The old, “everyone else is doing it to”, excuse. puhlease, no one really believes that.

    • NEFanInVA

      I love seeing all the “patriots tapes other team practices, have opposing team playbooks, etc” comments, where is the proof on that. They video taped during games they were playing in an effort to determine tendencies. Limited use in my opinion. And after the league told ALL teams the rules for filming during games, the team had one of the best records in the league. This is the one of the best franchises in the NFL. Kraft is respected by all owners in the league and it one of the leading owners. Some people just don’t like success, for some stupid reason.

  • Vince L.

    Still always be cheaters. Bellichek will never live that down.

    • Kevin

      Did you put your hands over your ears as you typed that, so that no matter what anyone says, all you hear is your own comment? Everyone still does what they can to figure out what the team they’re playing is going to do. Watching film, is one way, but you can watch film and watch for signals on the sideline and see the corresponding signal/play. Everyone was doing it. Do you ever wonder why teams coaches now cover their mouths when the call in a play to their QB? Its because teams have lip readers, still, in the stands. So if you think it was only the patriots, you are a naive little troll. Bellichick will live it down, simply by compiling great stats (which he has) since the “scandal” and showing he can win within the current rules. Keep in mind, there were no specific rules about stealing another teams signals.

      • Allan

        Can you tell me which other coach in the history of the NFL was fined $500,000 for cheating?

        So we need to have rules for grown men that tell them that the can’t cheat? Good one Kevin. As far as coaches calling in plays I guess you don’t watch television when I see the coaches holding the play call laminated cards over their mouths.
        Nice try Kevin…or should I say Biil? BTW, nice name calling. You’d better get away from the computer before your parents see you playing on it.

  • art

    So after he loses on Sunday I guess the other team will say the is guys a genuis.

  • JDMilw

    Hmmm…lemme see now…who’s that there linebacker guy….you know….the one that likes to crush quarterbacks? Oh yeah…..Ray Lewis.

    Please Ray, bust up that arrogant primadonna for us haters!

    • OhioGirl82

      You mean murder people and let his thugs take the blame? That would be Ray Lewis.

      • JDMilw

        Right or wrong he was not convicted. Get over it.

        This is football. Why don’t you go over to the Oprah board and whine about it.

      • bmorebenny

        hahaha you are so right… like we say here in bal’mer… Kill em Ray like only you know how. The Revisionist sports writer in b’more of course don’t believe it. They have done all they can do to make him out to be a kind and gentle soul away from the stadium. What a sham. Professional sports and it’s atheletes are shameful


        That is not what happened! Ray did no violence, two people with him did. The Police would have snapped him right up for a long time if he did.

      • Steve Austin

        I am sorry you can’t read. Lewis didn’t murder anyone- two of his hanger-ons got in a fight outside a bar and another person- who was in the fight- ended up stabbed and died. Ray Lewis wasn’t aware of the stabbing but hustled his group into their limo and took them back to the hotel- he told them not to say anything. Overzealous, headline seeking prosecutor tried to nail ray as an accomplice and got nothing more than an obstruction charge- which Ray plead to.

        Your calling Ray a murdered is no different than me calling you a prostitute because I am certain you have gone on a date where someone paid for your meal and then you had sex afterwards- prostitution.

    • Joshua Veverka

      i thought Ray Lewis was the guy who blames the refs everytime the Pats beat them.

      • Steve Austin

        you are confusing him with Brady who whines to the refs every time a defender gets in his face.

  • Jamesb

    Brady is a great player BUT, he has LOST a Super Bowl, several Hall of Fame quarterbacks are undefeated in the S.B. {Aikman, Bradshaw, Montana, etc.}.

    So, other than that I’d say HUMILITY is Tom’s best asset.

    • tomSERVO

      Lots of QBs are undefeated in te Superbowl, namely due to the fact that many never got in one that they could win or lose.

      • James Benoit

        You’re a DUNCE.
        When you group the various qbs who have WON Super Bowls it culls the herd to a HANDFUL. When you narrow it down to qbs who are UNDEFEATED in the Super Bowl it’s leaves a handful of legends.
        Brady is right up there – BUT that loss, although he obviously WASN’T playing defense – STILL makes a difference.

        Enjoy your “bromance” with Brady but he likes girls.


    • ryan

      Elway lost THREE Super Bowls. What exactly is your point?

      • James Benoit

        My point is some truly GREAT qbs are UNDEFEATED in the SUPER BOWL. Can’t you read?
        If S.B’s are the measure Brady ranks right up there, but not ahead of those three I mentioned – and a few more.

    • Stem

      Worst 18-1 NFL team ever. Thank you, New York Giants.

      • Mike H

        statistically the best offense in nfl history

    • Macksfield

      ANd it was a different era back then, no such thing as QB friendly back then. I’m afraid Tom would have been crushed in those days.

  • Jules Hamil

    Wow! They really think they’re “special”, don’t they? I hope they choke on their arrogance.

  • Truth Monger

    What a narcisstic little prick !!

    • Joe Higgins

      he was 22 when he said that —

    • Truth Mongers Brother

      its called confidence……idiot

  • Reality Check

    The greatest coach in NFL history? You’ve got to be kidding, right? This bastard was spying on the Rams in 2002 before the Super Bowl, and then again on the Jets a few years later. Yeah he got finned and all that but somebody took the fall for cheat(s). It was obvious he knew about and so did the Brady Bunch but the Commissioner didn’t want to tarnish the Patriots image. That’s how they won in 2002. The best all time NFL coach my arse!

  • gopats

    i dont care what the haters say, as long as you have tom brady, you have a strong chance to win that game. period. this kid last week was in the zone, and i expect him to win the super bowl. AGAIN.

  • Noah

    The only time a whale gets harpooned is when it comes up to spout.

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