Most things I worry about Never happen anyway
- Nov 14, 2002
- Reaction score
- Lake Charles, LA
Tom Brady and Drew Brees first met in a dull Big Ten game in October 1999. Purdue played so poorly—Boilermaker receivers dropped more than 10 passes—that coach Joe Tiller said he was going to seek out Purdue’s baseball coach. “Then I’m going to borrow a bat and whack them between the eyes.” The New York Times noted that the game marked a failure to launch Brees’s Heisman Trophy campaign. Brady’s most notable accomplishment in Michigan’s win was, once again, keeping his Wolverines quarterback rival, Drew Henson, on the bench for all but three passes. No one could feel the ground shifting below their feet. No one much cared about the game at all. Except Tiller, evidently.
The top two passing leaders in NFL history defined an era of football. Then they stuck around long enough to usher in the next one.