Roger Goodell recently made the claim that handing the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Tom Brady won’t be awkward. Interesting, to say the least.
File this one under, “We don’t believe you, Roger.”
In a recent radio appearance with Fox’s Colin Cowherd, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell proclaimed that handing the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Tom Brady won’t be awkward.
“Not for a second,” Goodell said when asked if it would be uncomfortable giving Brady the trophy. “This is one of the great opportunities. We have, two dominant teams playing in the Super Bowl. The Patriots and Falcons have both earned the opportunity to be there. They deserve it. And whoever wins that championship is going to have to earn it. These are great teams. So I am going to be thrilled …
“Tom Brady is one of the all-time greats. He has been for several years. He’s on the precipice of at least potentially winning his fifth Super Bowl. He’s an extraordinary player, great performer and surefire Hall of Famer. So it would be an honor.”
Goodell also responded promptly when Cowherd asked about why he attended the NFC Championship Game rather than the AFC version this past Sunday.
“Listen, Colin, we had two great games,” Goodell said. “I was in Boston two years ago for the divisional and the championship games. I try to get to as many stadiums as I can. We have two great games, and you’ve got to choose. Frankly, the focus should be on the players.”
Obviously, the phrase of “Liar, liar, pants on fire” comes to mind.
Of course Goodell handing the trophy to Brady will have a few emotions attached to it. The way each side went after each other over the course of a year and a half can bring nothing to the table except pure emotion.
The bigger question revolves around how Brady will handle it.
Can you imagine what No. 12 might do when accepting the trophy? Man, that’ll be must see TV if it comes to fruition.
Super Bowl LI is slated for Sunday, Feb. 5, when Brady’s New England Patriots take on Matt Ryan‘s Atlanta Falcons.