cover image 12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady’s Fight for Redemption

12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady’s Fight for Redemption

Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, with Matt Chatham. Little, Brown, $27 (368p) ISBN 978-0-316-41638-2

In this astute history of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s 2016 Super Bowl–winning season, Sherman and Wedge (Boston Strong) begin with the “Deflategate” scandal. That incident involved allegations that New England deliberately under-inflated footballs for the 2015 AFC championship game, in which the Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7. Brady, at the center of the controversy, denied involvement but was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. The authors portray Brady, often vilified by non-fans, as someone who possessed a rabid work ethic and herculean football talent. With unprecedented access to the Patriots’ organization—thanks to cooperation from Brady, team owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft, and DeMaurice Smith of the NFL Players Association—the authors focus much of their attention on the behind-the-scenes proceedings surrounding “Deflategate,” including new revelations regarding NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s antagonistic treatment of Brady. Brady returned from his suspension and brought his team to the playoffs, and Sherman and Wedge detail the season that ended with the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The authors’ balanced treatment of the quarterback is refreshing, making this a welcome addition to many a football fan’s library. (July)