Unless you live under a rock somewhere, you are probably well aware of what happened during the Super Bowl this past weekend. I am decidedly NOT a fan of the New England Patriots (or Tom Brady), but what they did (or the Atlanta Falcons failed to do) on Sunday night was truly amazing to watch. I would argue that that game has definitively lifted Tom Brady into position as the Greatest Quarterback of All-Time. At least in my mind...

Isn't it amazing that almost every American watches this game? Think about it for a second, some who watch are fans of the game and want to see who wins the actual game, and some people could not care less who wins the actual game because they want to know who wins the commercial game. In many offices, on the Monday morning after the Super Bowl, there are two separate conversations: one about the game and one about the commercials. Based on my conversations with patients, more people wanted to talk about the game this year. I am not sure if it was because of the comeback that the New England Patriots made, or because the ads were so boring...

Let's discuss the game though. What can we learn from the Tom Brady and the New England Patriots? We were shown the importance of the powerful combination of confidence and perserverance. Let's start when Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft. To say that he was lightly regarded as an NFL QB would be an understatement. Here is a quick picture from the scouting combine to give you a glimpse at the physical specimen that he was back then...





Despite being passed over by every team in the NFL, Brady sought out Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots, to tell him "I'm the best decision this franchise has ever made." That is a BOLD statement from a 6th round pick. To give you a little perspective on this, the Ravens drafted Chris Redman in the third round of the 2000 draft. Do you remember him? Didn't think so... Tom Brady was clearly confident back then, and that self-confidence has rubbed of on his teammates, and was very apparent over the weekend. The entire team had faith that they could, and would, still win Super Bowl LI despite facing a seemingly insurmountable deficit.

Just like Tom Brady, with perserverance and confidence you can accomplish all of your goals! So if and/or when you're feeling down, you need to dig deep and find that confidence and never give up!  

 Movement is my Medicine,

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam

Dr. William "Chip" Bleam


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