Tom Brady Looks Off Receiver, Breaks Receiverâ€™s Heart
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dropped back Monday night, looked left and made eye contact with receiver Chad Jackson, who was running a post route. But just as soon as Bradyâ€™s gaze began melting Jacksonâ€™s heart, the dreamy quarterback quickly pivoted to his right, spotted slot receiver Troy Brown on a slant pattern, and hit Brown with a pass square in the numbers for a first down. The entire play took less than seven seconds, but it was more than enough time to leave Jackson out of breath and mending a severely broken heart.
â€œYou just donâ€™t know what itâ€™s like to have Tom Brady look into your eyes like he wants you and only you, only to then see him go with someone else,â€ said Jackson, a rookie out of Florida. â€œHe got my hopes up and then ripped my heart right out. But I forgive him. You canâ€™t help but forgive someone who looks like that.â€
Brady said he remembers the play well and that he did not intend in any way to give Jackson the wrong idea.
â€œI was intending to go to Troy from the moment I got up to the line,â€ said Brady. â€œBut I wanted to look Chadâ€™s way coming out of my drop so the linebackers would move his direction and give Troy some room to run.â€
But Brown, Bradyâ€™s longtime teammate, said he can understand why the rookie got his emotions caught up in the play.
â€œI was the same way once,â€ said Brown. â€œWhen Tom arrived here as a rookie in 2000, I looked into his eyes on the first day of training camp and immediately fell head over heels. His gaze made me reevaluate everything I thought I knew about myself. My sexuality. My marriage. But eventually I had to realize that he was unattainable and that I had to live without him, save for those three or four times every Sunday he looks my way and picks me out of everyone else. I live for those moments. But beyond that I am no longer a slave to Tom Brady. Although I still donâ€™t dare meet his gaze in the huddle or I get wood. And then it makes all those old feelings rush back, not to mention that running a route is kind of difficult with an erection.â€
Jackson says heâ€™ll probably have to get used to having a broken heart because he is madly in love with his handsome quarterback.
â€œOn the bright side, this will probably make me a better wide receiver,â€ said Jackson, â€œbecause Iâ€™m going to work my tail off to get Tom to look my way more often each game. And if that results in a bunch of touchdowns where he hugs me and we jump up and down together while continuing to embrace, even better.â€