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6 February 24, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org I understand heated rivalries. I get the animosity that exists between Packers and Lions fans. And, I fathom why some fans do not like players on opposing teams. For the life of me, though, I dont understand the intense dislike and disdain that many have for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. I got to thinking about this as I watched the 39-year-old Brady lead the Patriots to a stun- ning, come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl. The California native and former University of Michi- gan quarterback has been the scorn of many for nearly two decades. Aside from the now infa- mous Deflategate that Brady was associated with two years ago (much inflated in my humble opinion), Brady, in my opinion, has conducted himself with class in his sto- ried career. An Irish Catholic, hes never been associated with gambling, with illegal drug use, with steroid use. With the Patriots, he has captured an incred- ible five Super Bowl titles (a record for a QB), four Super Bowl MVP awards and two league MVP awards. Off the field, his dedication to charitable work is commendable. For more than a decade, Brady has supported Best Buddies International, an organization that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by pairing them up in one-to-one friendships with volunteers to give them educational and professional oppor- tunities. Hes actively involved in the TB12 Foundation, an effort that helps athletes receive the best pos- sible care following injuries. Hes given millions to the American Red Cross. And, he has been a big supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of America, a highly successful program that molds the lives of at-risk kids in need. Most people who have spent time with him will admit hes a very down-to-earth, likeable guy. Yet, hes viewed by many as a villain. So, why the dislike? I think its simple. I believe most people dont dislike Brady because hes a quarterback, be- cause hes a Patriot or because hes married to a supermodel. Jealousy, I believe, is the root of the matter. Many want what he has and, with that, he be- comes the object of their scorn. If you think about it, being jealous indicates we're not satisfied with what God has given us. The Bible tells us to be content with what we have, for God will never fail or forsake us (He- brews 13:5). In Galatians 5:26, it says Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Yet, jealousy leads many to dislike Brady. Listen, if there is anyone who should despise him, its me. As a lifelong (insert suffering here) Miami Dolphins fan, Ive helplessly watched Brady carve up my teams defense year after year after year. Its as predictable as the cold January wind. Im frustrated to no end. Yet, I admire his tenacity, his grit, his deter- mination, and penchant for directing so many game-winning drives. Hes arguably the best quarterback ever. The truth is, many sports fans dislike and despise those who have more than their share of success. We dislike the Duke Blue Devils of the basketball world, the Alabama Crimson Tide in football, the John Elways, to name a few. They are viewed as villains for their impeccable resumes of success. To me, Bradys a rival, a perennial thorn in my teams side. Unlike many, however, I choose to respect rather than dislike Brady. And, the truth is, I actually enjoy watching him play on Sundays. Editor's note: LaJoie is a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Negaunee. He welcomes reactions to his column at jlajoie@charter.net. Dislike for Patriots star quarterback baffling FROM THE SIDELINES Jim LaJoie ALTARED COMETH! Does your organization or business want to reach teens and young adults? 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