It doesn’t (or at least it shouldn’t) take a football expert to know Deflategate shouldn’t hurt Tom Brady’s legacy. Whenever the New England Patriots quarterback is up for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, that’s likely to be backed up by the voters.
SI.com recently polled eight of the 46 Pro Football Hall of Fame voters to ask “if their evaluation of Brady for the Hall had changed at all with the Wells Report,” and the results were unsurprising.
According to those voters polled, it appears not only are Brady’s Hall of Fame chances relatively unharmed, he still has a darn good chance to make it to Canton on the first ballot.
Again, none of this should come as much of a surprise — at least for football fans with at least half a brain.
“To say that the main reason Brady has been so great over the course of 15 years is that he has occasionally thrown an under-inflated (ball) … well, that’s just idiotic,” Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole told SI.com.
Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star Telegram agreed with Cole, adding Brady’s multiple on-field accomplishments far outweigh anything related to Deflategate.
“What Brady has done on the field far outweighs ‘Deflategate.’ He is not a borderline candidate. We are talking about a no-brainer, first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Williams told SI.com, adding “PSI isn’t responsible for all of (Brady’s accomplishments).”
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