Tom Brady Tackled These Guys. They Still Can’t Believe It.

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He has won seven Super Bowls and broke all-time passing records. He also has 13 tackles and stunned the people he brought down.

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“I wasn’t trying to avoid him,” Clements says as he watched an old clip of the play. “I was trying to get him to run and keep going.”

Tom Brady then confronted him.

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Brady is in his second Super Bowl chase with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in as many seasons. He has already won a record seven Super Bowls. He has thrown 624 touchdowns, accumulated 84,520 passing yards and completed 7,263 throws—more than anyone in NFL history.

He also has 13 career tackles.

Tom Brady Tackle Club is more exclusive than most other encounters with the greatest quarterback of all time. He has been dismissed 543 times. It has been intercepted 203 times. He has also thrown 18 pick-sixes.

But only 13 players have been faced by him because Brady must be doing something wrong to make a tackle. They came out with three fumbles and 10 interceptions, although it takes much longer than Brady picks up to tackle Brady. In order to get into Brady’s range, the returner has to go far enough to escape the catch of the wide receiver and offensive linemen. When Brady makes a tackle, it is often his team’s last chance to prevent a touchdown.

It’s the ultimate role reversal: Brady attempts to tackle the players he enjoys dealing with. Clements once hit Brady so hard that Brady’s helmet exploded. Brady has also managed tackles as the NFL’s second all-time leading tackler.

The players tackled by Brady were mainly happy with Brady intercepting the ball. They are a little defensive about being brought down by him. But they also say that Brady’s ability to make tackles reflects his success as a player. He is exceptionally competitive. she is clever. And he’s a lot more athletic than he actually looks.

“He’s so nonchalant when he’s running towards you, and you’re like, ‘Look at this nonathlete,'” says Marques Anderson, who was confronted by Brady nearly two decades ago. “Then he has this explosion of athleticism.”

Brady will never be confused with Lawrence Taylor. He doesn’t deliver helmet-rattling hits. But a Wall Street Journal review of his 13 tackles – the first in 2001, and the latest in 2019 – shows that his form is consistent and that he excels at one particular tactic: Brady falls.

Anderson knew he had a chance intercept brady Just before the ball is dropped during a 2002 Green Bay Packers-New England Patriots game. It was a play that Anderson scouted over the course of the week, and as he saw the Pats in a special way, he knew his reading. As Brady dropped back, Anderson headed to the first-down line.

Brady fired. Anderson took the catch. Next thing Anderson knew, he was running down the field. He brought the ball back 22 yards until a patriot with the number 12 jersey surrounded him near the edge.

“Should I shake her?” Anderson thought. “There’s no way this guy is going to deal with me or try to deal with me.”

But he didn’t have time to escape. Brady lowers his shoulder and pigeonholes toward Anderson. It was a textbook Brady tackle.

“Before I knew it, he took his leg out,” Anderson says.

London Fletcher Can Still Recite Almost Every Detail Of His 2001 Interception Why Brady? When the Rams and Patriots played in November of that season, it was a preview of the upcoming Super Bowl and Fletcher was St. Louis’ star middle linebacker. He recalls the defensive plan that was called for and played less deep than usual to defend against a shallow crossing route.

That’s when Brady threw the ball into Fletcher’s outstretched arms. Fletcher, who has the second most tackles since tracked figures, scored for 18 yards before he was brought down.

But he forgot an important part of the play. “I didn’t know he tackled me,” Fletcher says.

“I must have been tripped,” he says. “I know he didn’t bring me down by himself.”

Fletcher is right. Brady was credited with a tackle in the play for taking Fletcher’s leg out. But it took some help for Brady to land the 242-pound linebacker. The 249-pound fullback from New England was already starting to catch Fletcher from behind.

“It explains,” Fletcher says. “I partake of a trivia question: Who was Tom Brady’s first match in the NFL?”

Fletcher was not alone in his doubts. Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexandres 2018 Interception Came near the line of melee, so he didn’t have to run particularly far to get into Brady’s area. Alexander dared to avoid a nearby Patriots lineman before two men from either side landed on him.

Wide receiver Chris Hogan was behind him. Brady, who was again credited with the tackle, rolled to his feet.

Says Alexander, “If it were just me and Tom, I wouldn’t have been able to deal with it.”

These are not the only plays where someone else could have been credited for the tackle. Twice, when Brady was strip-sacked, he was given tackles, even though the play ended in a giant scrum with piles of bodies fighting for the football.

Keenan Robinson admitted that his teammates made fun of him after Brady dealt with him in 2015. He also thinks that if his teammates had done their job they would have scored a touchdown.

The former Washington linebacker jumped off a pass, snatched the pass, and took off with the ball. He was focused on overtaking Julian Edelman, the intended receiver, who was chasing him from behind, and Dion Lewis from behind. It was a perfect setup for a score: Robinson was running across the field with a blocker in front of him.

But his teammate couldn’t match Brady’s unusual technique. When the blocker geared up to get Brady out of the way, the quarterback fell to the ground to avoid a hit—and trapped Robinson to his feet after a 44-yard return.

“He fell in my path and tackled me,” Robinson says. “I still don’t know how he didn’t block her.”

The day facing Brady was at the peak earlier in his career, when he scored six runs during his first four years as a starter. He had a rough drought from the 2005 to 2011 season—which overlaps with the Patriots’ Super Bowl drought—before rediscovering his form.

Brady’s last tackle came in 2019, and it was especially meaningful for then-Houston Texans corner Bradley Robbie when he picked up the ball Soon after attending his grandfather’s funeral. Robbie was on the verge of converting it to a touchdown when he changed direction to escape Brady’s grip. That’s when Brady extended his hand—and Robbie was seen grazing under the belt. A low tap sent him to the ground and saved a potential touchdown.

“I’m sure I was the only one who dealt with the madness,” says Robbie.

That was two years ago, which means a tackle is the thing missing from Brady’s statsheet as Buccaneer. This is also the one thing that is absent from his playoff resumes.

Former packer Anderson says his brush with Brady to date is just the beginning of a conversation. It was also once a conversation starter with one person in particular: Brady.

The two clashed at a party after Anderson was elected. He had only one thing to discuss.

“Man, you got me,” Brady told him.

“You got me too,” Anderson shot back.

Write to Andrew Beaton at [email protected]

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