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Pierce offers a genial look at the unlikely rise of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady from embattled Michigan player through draft afterthought to multiple Super Bowl MVP. But while the book might seem late considering the Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years in 2004, it actually benefits from Pierce using the team's trying 2005 season as a backdrop against which to highlight his main argument: that Brady's intangible abilities as a leader under any circumstances are worth far more than what can be measured with a stopwatch. In addition to stories from Brady's coaches and teammates that bear out this assessment, journalist Pierce serves up some entertaining prose. He describes the bombastic NFL as "less like family entertainment and more and more like the strategy... used to pry Manuel Noriega out of Panama," and skewers Gov. William Weld of Massachusetts as "so flighty that he made Mayor McCheese look like Benjamin Disraeli." In all, it's a buoyant if blindly reverential account that's sure to appeal to anyone with more than a passing interest in one of the game's most celebrated players. Photos not seen by PW
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It's hard to believe that Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback and three-time Super Bowl winner, only entered the NFL in 2000. In fact, he was a sixth-round draft choice, selected by the then-lowly Patriots, who were unable to draw enough fans to finance a new stadium. Cut to 2005 and the emergence of a new dynasty: Brady is a superstar, appearing on magazine covers and Saturday Night Live,
and Gillette Stadium has been erected in the Boston burbs as home turf for the juggernaut Patriots. Pierce, on staff at the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine
and a frequent NPR commentator, is a true fan of Brady, both as a football player and as a man. On-the-field action peppers his account, but the real subject here is Brady himself--how did a young man who almost became a priest transform himself into the NFL quarterback who has achieved the most at the earliest age? Pierce converts what might have been just another sports bio into an engaging character study. For all sports collections. Mary Frances WilkensCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved