FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady had come seeking normalcy, seeking comfort through control, seeking three hours when victory or defeat would rest, in part, on his ability to throw a football, not of his lawyer to win over a federal judge.
His lawyer was here, of course. Jeffrey Kessler came to the NFL opener like some conquering hero and joined in the celebration that everyone else arrived here for – something akin to a religious revival. Outside forces, the thinking went, had tried to take the New England Patriots down, had tried to denounce the greatest Patriot of them all.
And, in the minds of those gathered here, they'd failed. The NFL. Roger Goodell. ESPN. Whatever. That's what the mood was, a we're-still-standing sense of defiance that made this seem like a lot more than just a football game.
So fans mobbed Kessler, an otherwise anonymous, middle-aged Manhattan attorney, offering hugs and selfies – his grinning face soon slapped across Instagram. Goodell was stuck watching atRead More »from Who's New England's most beloved hero: Tom Brady? Or his lawyer?