Brady’s Return


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Tom Brady celebrates after completing a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns.

Brooke Gagnon, Photojournalist

Sunday marked week 5 of the NFL and arguably one of the sport’s greatest quarterback’s, Tom Brady, return to the New England Patriots. In his comeback game, Brady was able to successfully lead his team to victory.

After a four week suspension, Tom Brady was allowed to begin practicing with the Patriots on October 4th, the first day of week 5. Brady was initially suspended from the National Football League following the controversial AFC Championship Game, which was nicknamed the “Deflate-gate scandal.” After testing footballs used in the game, the league determined that the Patriots had purposely under filled them in order to make them easier to throw and catch during the January 18th game. Upon further investigation, the 39 year old was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. A federal judge overturned the suspension, which allowed Brady to play last season, however the 2nd Circuit reinstated it in the spring. After The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Brady’s appeal, his final hope to avoid serving the suspension would be to appeal to the Supreme Court. Brady however, decided to not go that route and accepted the suspension.

Luckily, the Patriots were able to begin their season with a 3-1 record. The Patriots were led by Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett who fought through with shoulder and thumb injuries, respectively.

Tom Brady started Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns at First Energy Stadium in Ohio. The Patriots were able to easily defeat the Browns by a score of 33-13.

Considering it was his first game of the season, Brady’s performance was impressive. Brady threw for 406 yards while completing 28 of 40 of his passes. Brady first connected with Martellus Bennett on a seven yard pass with 2:06 left in the first quarter. One of Brady’s other touchdowns came in the second quarter also with Bennett. His final one occurred in the third quarter with Bennett for a final time. Brady and the Patriots did not have any turn overs.

Among all, Patriot fans, were excited to see Tom Brady back. Steven Pham (12)  “could not wait to see Brady back on the field. It felt like it had been so long since he had last played.” When asked about his predictions for the season, he stated he was “excited to watch Brady pursue a championship this season. With him, the Pats make a strong case.”

Next week Tom Brady and the New England Patriots take on the Cincinnati Bengals at Gillette Stadium.