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Why do people hate Patriots QB Tom Brady so much?

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 2/4/2018 Manish Mehta

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Tom Brady embodies the American Dream. He has tirelessly worked to reach the mountaintop in life. He is respectful, gracious, humble and kind. He has found balance with his family and work. He has excelled at his chosen profession through dedication, mental strength and a relentless drive to be the best.

So, why do people hate him so much?

The rampant jealousy surrounding the Patriots quarterback’s success for the better part of two decades is pathetic on myriad fronts. He should be lauded for his competitiveness and commended for his accomplishments, including a third NFL MVP award earned Saturday night.

Instead, folks are gulping pitchers of Haterade.

Philadelphians obviously want to crush Brady’s hopes of winning an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl Sunday night, but what’s everyone else’s excuse?

Brady isn’t exactly the most beloved figured outside the Evil Empire’s city limits, prompting inquiring minds to wonder about the root of all this animosity.

It makes little sense.

If you’re 40 or older, you should appreciate that someone your age is still thriving in a sport reserved for younger, faster and stronger humans. Brady celebrated his fifth decade on this planet by passing for a NFL-best 4,577 yards this season. Yeah! Take that, millennials!

Give it up for the geezer.

If you’re a man of any age, you should give Brady props for marrying a Brazilian supermodel. Isn’t it every guy’s dream to marry a Brazilian supermodel? (If not, it should be).

If you’re a grinder, you should embrace Brady’s incredible discipline and work ethic. It’s not easy living on water and organic fruits and vegetables every single day. The man probably hasn’t had Sour Patch Kids or Junior Mints in God-knows-how long. That’s dedication, people.

If you root for the underdog, you should embrace the 199th overall pick of the 2000 NFL draft that made himself into the greatest football player of all time.

RELATED: Brady wins MVP for 3rd time

“What are you willing to give up to be the best you can be?” Brady said in the opening moments of his Facebook docu-series "Tom vs Time." “You only have so much energy and the clock’s ticking on all of us…. If you’re going to compete against me, you better be willing to give up your life. Because I’m giving up mine.”

Brady has thrived after missing a season due to a torn ACL in the prime of his career. He has eluded Father Time’s relentless pass rush with a maniacal training routine that has drawn the ire of skeptical, mostly out-of-shape pundits. He has faced endless doubters and criticism from those who simply cannot believe how he continues to excel.

He is a fearless, classy leader.

“I have a healthy respect for my teammates,” Brady said. “Everyone’s trying to achieve. You’re all trying to climb the same mountain.… I show up to work every day just like them trying to do the same thing. We have the same goals… but my connection with them is through joy and love. It’s not through fear. It’s not through insults. That’s not how I lead.”

Oh, sure, I’ve taken some good-natured shots at Brady’s devastating good-looks (the square jaw and perfect teeth are especially annoying), but they were for entertainment purposes only.

I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for Brady’s accomplishments that include four Super Bowl MVPS (entering Super Bowl LII) and the most passing yards, touchdowns and game-winning drives in the history of the big game.

But Brady’s success has fueled spite from the masses.

How can you not admire someone with the most regular-season and playoff wins in the history of the game? How can you not appreciate that Brady has gone to twice as many Super Bowls as the immortal Joe Montana? (Montana, by the way, won his fourth and final Super Bowl at age 33. Brady has gone to four Super Bowls since turning 34).

Brady has a passion that we should all have in our own lives.

“I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that loves to do something as much as he loves football,” his wife, Gisele, said.

The Negative Nellies can’t accept his greatness. Memo to the clueless: If you think Brady was aware of any videotaping shenanigans all those years ago, you’re not that bright.

Some critics looking for gotcha moments and unwilling to give him his just due will hold firm to Brady’s purported cheating in DeflateGate as evidence of a tainted career.

Real talk: Brady probably was aware of the reduction of air pressure in game-used footballs.

Realer talk: He wasn’t the only quarterback to take a few puffs out of the pigskin.

Realest talk: PSI levels had very little to do with Brady’s brilliance. (Just ask the Seahawks that got torched in Super Bowl XLIX).

Through it all, Brady has found perspective.

“The games are what they are,” Brady said. “But the season is also your life. And I think it’s hard to just stop your life for the season… because you’re still living and your kids are still growing. They’re getting to an age where they’re just more fun than they’ve ever been. Their personalities are just blossoming. To still be playing football and winning and having fun… then I have this beautiful family with these kids that bring me so much joy. I think I’m the luckiest man on Earth.”

Seriously… how can you not love that?

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