Three of the four remaining starting quarterbacks in the NFL playoffs were No. 1 overall picks in the NFL draft. The other — Tom Brady — has a friend who washes dishes in Ann Arbor, Mich., remind him he was the No. 199 pick.
Jay Flannery, who now works as a dishwasher, was a student assistant for the University of Michigan Wolverines back when Brady was fighting for playing time with Drew Henson. Flannery also asked Brady to help bring Jim Harbaugh back as Michigan’s coach and helped the Patriots quarterback deal with a heckler during an intramural basketball game.
But the weekly scouting reports, which Flannery recently described to Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg, that he sends to Brady continue to make the most impact. And his latest report reminded Brady where he was drafted back in 2000, and where Carson Palmer, Cam Newton and Peyton Manning were in comparison.
Therefore, even a four-time Super Bowl champion still has a chip on his shoulder.
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