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Tom Brady was poised to become the first quarterback to lead a perfect 19-0 season in 2007 – but in the Super Bowl, the New York Giants made sure he couldn’t claim that record.
Brady and the New England Patriots went into Super Bowl XLII with a perfect 18-0 record, but the underdog Giants famously pulled of a historic 17-14 upset to hand Brady his first Super Bowl loss.
Since then, Brady has notched four more Super Bowl victories, bringing his career total to seven — more than any single franchise in the NFL. But he recently said the near miss of an undefeated season still haunts him.
During the NFL Draft-A-Thon Live on Thursday, Fox Sports host Shannon Sharpe — a former NFL tight end— asked Brady just how much he’d give up if it meant he could have ended 2007 undefeated. Would he trade two of his Super Bowl rings for a victory against the Giants?
“I would,” Brady responded.
Michael Strahan was the Giants defensive end in 2007, as well as the team’s defensive captain. Now also a Fox host, Strahan replied to Brady with a hypothetical exchange of his own: He said he’d trade the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII win in exchange for the two Super Bowl rings Brady said he’d give up.
“Hell, you can have that one, be perfect, I don’t care,” Strahan said.
Strahan played for the Giants from 1993 to 2007. That Super Bowl was his final game, and he even recorded a sack on Brady in it.
Before that, Strahan had a chance at a Super Bowl win in 2000. But the Giants were trounced by the Baltimore Ravens 34-7. The hypothetical deal Strahan offered Brady shows how strongly Strahan wanted more championships as a player — so much that he’d give up one of the more memorable victories in NFL history.
Brady, meanwhile, is running out fingers to put rings on, but he still wishes he’d notched the victory that would have been the most memorable of his career.