When the New England Patriots announced their initial 2016 team captains in early September, one notable name was missing from the list: QB Tom Brady. The future Hall of Famer, of course, was forced to sit out the first four games of the season due to his alleged role in deflate gate.
When Brady returned to the team prior to the Patriots’ week 5 game against the Cleveland Browns, he did surprisingly not return as a captain. Thus, the veteran’s streak of serving as one of New England’s offensive team captains was in danger of ending after 14 consecutive years.
From Mike Reiss: With no official media announcement, quarterback Tom Brady has been elevated to team captain once again, a recent behind-the-scenes development that has significant meaning to him, in part because it is a reflection of how teammates view him. Brady has now been a captain for 15 straight years. That streak was in jeopardy of ending this year when he wasn’t part of the initial captains’ vote, which might have been a result of him not being in the meeting room when players made their selections during the opening week of the season when Brady was serving a four-game NFL suspension. Part of being a captain is taking part in weekly meetings with Bill Belichick, with one such example coming Friday when Brady, Matthew Slater, Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty and Rob Gronkowski gathered at 7 a.m. before a full-team meeting at 7:30.