Tom Brady voted most trusted in clutch in poll of NFL players
|01.29.14 at 11:07 am ET|
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was voted the quarterback players would want in the last two minutes of a Super Bowl if the game was on the line. As part of ESPN’s NFL Nation Confidential anonymous player survey, the question was asked to 320 players around the league. Brady received 128 votes, 40 percent of the vote. Peyton Manning came in second, receiving 86 votes.
Brady, who has been to five Super Bowls and eight AFC championship games, has put together 30 comeback drives when trailing in the fourth quarter and 41 game-winning drives from a deficit or tie in the fourth quarter. All three of Brady’s Super Bowl wins were done by leading the team from a fourth-quarter deficit.
“He’s been there before and done it,” receiver Danny Amendola said. “You just kind of follow him as he takes the lead.”
For Brady’s teammates, they aren’t surprised by his calmness in leading comebacks, having been first-hand witnesses.
“He is a very calm guy when the game is on the line,” receiver Kenbrell Thompkins said. “He just says, ‘We live for these moments. Let’s do it.’ ”
Michael Hoomanawanui added that his experience in those situations make him trustworthy.
“It just comes from his experience, 14 years, that control he has over pretty much anyone in the huddle. He just takes over,” Hoomanawanui said. “Obviously, the fact he’s done it time and time before helps out a lot, too. That’s pretty much the way he goes out and plays each and every snap.”