I have tears in my eyes as I write this, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’ve never been a girl who fawned over Tom Brady. I thought there were other players on the New England Patriots who were more worthy of my attention than he was.
The player who comes to mind most readily is linebacker Mike Vrabel. He was a genuinely nice guy off the field, and a fantastic player on the field. He seemed like one of those guys who is always happy and somewhat surprised in his lot in life.
And now he’ll be playing for the effing Kansas City Chiefs. Not the Patriots anymore. And my sadness in the trading of Mike Vrabel is stronger than any other sporting-related emotion I’ve had in a looooooooong time. It ranks up there with the 2008 Super Bowl. That kind of sad. I don’t know when I’ll recover.