This weekend was extraordinary for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jerry Jones, TCU, Dallas Cowboys fans, Lady Gaga fans, and all football fans — OK, practically everyone who lives in North Texas.
The incredible come-from-behind, first overtime game in history was riveting. And our Fort Worth and Dallas stars, Tomlinson and Jones, were inducted into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame the night before.
What a game! We’re all still trying to figure out how
- Brady, only a sixth round draft pick, was able to win his record fifth Super Bowl out of a record seven he’s played in,
- The Patriots, the best team in the NFL, were blown out in the first half,
- The team then scored 25 unanswered points to tie the game, then marched 75 yards to win the game,
- Brady passed for 466 yards (282 in the second half), the most in Super Bowl history,
- Julian Edelman hung on to the ball to make the greatest catch in Super Bowl history,
- The Patriots were able to score on two extra point tries, the second necessary due to a missed gimme PAT, and
- The NFL allows the team that wins the overtime coin flip to win the game.
And how about “LT” Tomlinson who
- Grew up in the Waco area idolizing the Dallas Cowboys,
- Came to TCU in 1997 and turned around the struggling Horned Frogs,
- Is ranked sixth in rushing in NCAA history,
- Led the San Diego Chargers for nine years, gaining 13,684 rushing yards and also 4,772 yards catching the ball, and
- Still holds the NFL record for most touchdowns scored in a season (31).