2. Tom Brady
It’s just not fair. Tom Brady wins more than any quarterback in NFL history, gets paid millions of dollars every year, is really good looking, and his wife is one the world’s most beautiful supermodels. Oh, and Forbes declared that Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen was the world’s highest paid model for the 13th consecutive year in 2014. She’s earned an estimated $47 million in the last year; that’s $16 million more than Brady. They’re the ultimate power couple because Gisele dominates off the field the way Tom does on it.
Back to Brady. He’s more than a handsome face who can pedal UGG boots and the latest Under Armour gear. Brady’s really, really good at playing quarterback, too. He’s never going to throw for as many yards as Peyton Manning or be as flashy as Aaron Rodgers, but he wins games at a higher clip than either of them, or any other quarterback in NFL history for that matter. Winning is Brady’s trademark and it’s a pretty good one to have. Brady’s 10-5 in his career against Manning, has three Super Bowl rings compared to Manning’s one, and he’s tied with John Elway for most Super Bowl appearances by a quarterback (five). Brady also has the most playoff victories of any quarterback ever.
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1. They win
Nobody likes individuals or teams that win too much. It’s the same reason fans hate on the San Antonio Spurs, six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, and even the New York Yankees. In Brady’s first 10 years as a starter, New England set an NFL record for most wins (121) by any team over the course of a decade. They broke their own record (123) in 2011, and then again (126) in 2012. The Patriots haven’t just won games over the last decade and a half. They’ve dismantled teams. During their undefeated regular season in 2007, the Pats outscored their opponents 589-274, which is unheard of in the NFL. Fans of other teams remember those losses.
Fans also love rooting for an underdog, and the Patriots are far from it. In any battle of David and Goliath, New England is always Goliath. The Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills have felt like David in the AFC East for some time. The Patriots have won 10 of the last 11 division titles. If you’re a fan of one of these other teams, you better hope for a wild card. And just about every year, when it comes down to the best four teams in football on conference championship weekend, the Patriots are there. They’ve been to eight of the 13 AFC Championship Games, have been to the Super Bowl five times in that span, and have won it three times.
The No. 1 reason people hate on the Patriots is they’re just tired of seeing them win.
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In February of 2013, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs told Boston radio station WEEI that he “guarantees the other 31 (NFL) teams hate the New England Patriots.” ESPN ran a story on Suggs’ statement and conducted a SportsNation poll, in which fans were asked if the Patriots were the most-hated team in the league. More than 20,000 fans voted, and the answer was a resounding yes. (Fifty-five percent voted for New England.) Whether Suggs was accurate in saying that every other team despises New England we’ll never know, but the fan vote at least made it clear that the Patriots have an image problem.
During the Tom Brady era (2001-present), the Patriots have distanced themselves from indifference. What I mean is, most NFL fans either love the Patriots or hate the Patriots, and few remain between. New England’s actions grew a loyal fanbase while angering the rest of the nation.
Where does all of this disdain stem from?
That’s not an easy answer, because depending upon whom you talk to, the response will be different. And that’s just it, really — the Patriots are different. They consistently trade first-round picks to back up in the draft, they stay tight-lipped about their opponents, and seemingly operate robotically (mostly without all-world talents) under head coach Bill Belichick’s leadership. And they win a lot of games doing these things. There’s a reason they’re called the evil empire.
They started slow this season and yet are in first place in their division all over again. These envious feelings won’t fade so quickly. Just know that Everyone is Jealous of the New England Patriots: Here Are 8 Reasons Why.
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