11 was the second on the list behind Brady, with Rob Gronkowski coming in fourth.
That’s it for Patriots in the Top 10, but running backs LeGarrette Blount (16th) and James White (19th), receivers Chris Hogan (18th) and Danny Amendola (21st) and cornerback Malcolm Butler (24th) all finished in the Top 25.
The country that was sick of him, that resented his success, that couldn’t forgive him for the unpardonable sin of refusing to suck and fade into Bolivian like everybody else, finally came around.
In a Law of Unintended Consequences thing, he did the impossible: Turned a guy with a perfect life, a perfect family, a ton of wildly successful business interests and bone structure that make him look like he was molded out of clay by angels, and made him into a sympathetic figure.
Like I’ve said before, that dead-eyed, rat-faced automaton in the commissioner’s office is President Snow and Brady is the Mockingjay.