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100 Things Every Steelers Fan Should Know Before They Die: #90 – Public Enemy #1 – Tom Brady

With the Steelers taking on the Pats Sunday night, I felt it only right to expose Steelers Gab to a chapter in my book – “100 Things Every Steelers Fan Should Know Before They Die,” about the most hated man in Heinz Field Sunday night – Tom Brady.

Brady’s chapter is entitled “Public Enemy #1,” and after seeing how he has killed Steeler Nation over the years, it’s not hard to argue he’s the most one hated player of Steeler fans everywhere.

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So here goes, enjoy (or not) the chapter on the player Steeler fans love to hate – Tom Brady:

Throughout the course of Steelers history, there have been teams that have put a dagger into the hearts of the Steelers and their fans. Teams like the 1994 Chargers that topped Pittsburgh in the AFC Title game come to mind. Or the 1995 Dallas Cowboys who overcame the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX 27-17.

A backup quarterback named Cody Carlson once took over for an injured Warren Moon in 1990 and on the final day of the regular season torched the Steelers to knock them out of the playoffs, and worse, it came in front of a national audience on Sunday night football.

With that said, no one player seems to have had the disdain of Steeler Nation more than that of Patriots future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady. He has given the Steelers nightmares, and basically has been responsible for keeping the Steelers out of not one, but two Super Bowls under Bill Cowher. He also has recorded a couple of huge regular season wins as well, again beating Cowher and now Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

To say that Brady is everything that the Steeler fans dislike is an understatement. He’s handsome, married to a model, and has graced the cover of GQ magazine. Yuck. If there’s anything that Steeler fans hate, it’s a guy that not only seems to have it all on the field, but off of it as well. You can’t deny Brady’s success though, as he’s a for sure first ballot Hall of Famer, and a guy that has broken plenty of hearts in Steeler Country.

The dislike of Brady started in the 2001 season, as the QB was the starter as New England came to Pittsburgh as heavy underdogs in the AFC Championship game against Kordell Stewart and the 13-3 Steelers. He didn’t have all that huge of an impact on the upset win, but did go 12-for-18 for 115 yards before he left the game with a knee injury and was relieved by Drew Bledsoe.

New England though ended the Steelers season 24-17 mostly thanks to a blocked field goal for a score, and a punt return for a score. Even with that, the stage was set for Steelers fans to disdain Brady as the following week he hoisted the Super Bowl trophy after beating the St.Louis Rams 20-17 in New Orleans.

The two teams met on opening night the following season, and with revenge on the mind of the Steelers they were once again put to sleep by Brady and New England, as he threw for 294 yards and three scores as the black and gold were soundly beaten 30-14.

It took a bewitching holiday two years later for the Steelers to finally stop Brady. On Halloween 2004, rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger and the team halted the Pats 21-game winning streak, winning 34-20 as the team went 15-1 in the regular season. Heartbreak by Brady again through would follow.

In one the of the toughest playoff losses in Steelers history, Brady and New England returned to Heinz Field on January 23rd, and soundly beat Pittsburgh in the AFC Title game 41-27. Brady was on fire all day, hitting on 14-of-21 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns to go along with a QB rating of 130.5.

It was a long hard day for Cowher and the Steelers, and yet another day that Brady celebrated at the Steelers expense. Maybe the toughest part of the day was the fact that the night before Brady was getting intravenous treatment as he ran a temperature of 103 degrees.

The following season he once again came into Pittsburgh, and rolled the Steelers for 372 yards going 31-of-44 as the Pats won 23-20 in week three of the NFL season. About the only saving grace was the fact that New England was knocked out of the playoffs by the Broncos, and the following day the Steelers topped the number one seed Colts in the playoffs to earn the right to travel to Denver to play for the right to go to the Super Bowl, which of course the team won to eventually win their fifth Super Bowl.

The final Brady win over the Steelers came in week 14 of the 2006 Patriots regular season undefeated season. Upset by a guarantee by Steelers safety Anthony Madison that the Steelers would win, Brady gouged the team, going 32-of-46 for 399 yards and four TD’s as New England won 34-13. It was the first time that Mike Tomlin felt the wrath of Brady against a Steelers defense, and the QB made it look rather easy.

At the end of the day, the numbers and record Brady has put up against the Steelers cannot be denied. He owns a lifetime 5-1 mark against them, throwing for 1658 yards, hitting on 123-of-212 passes with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. Maybe one day in a big game the Steelers will have the last laugh, but for now, Brady remains public enemy number one on the Steelers list of players we love to hate.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. joe

    November 14, 2010 at 11:00 am

    It was in 2007 that Anthony Smith made that dumb remark, not 2006. What you fail to mention is about the “cheating” that occured in that 2004-2005 AFC championship game..In 2005 regular season game, the refs goofed up with the game clock giving Tom Brady an extra 30sec to kick the winning field goal..Plus, in the game in 2007, no troy in the secondary, so, Smith and tyronne carter were our safties..BYW, that game was only 17-13 at the half, and Fast willie had a hugh day on the ground..

  2. mark

    November 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    How about the refs putting the ball on the wrong hash mark after a penalty ( Troy Edwards) in the 2001 championship game and then the Pats(Troy Brown) returning the next punt for a TD? Pats got all the breaks in the past 3 out of 4 games. Still, Brady seems to light them up every time, so its up to the Steelers to make their own breaks tonight and put it to the Pats.

  3. jay

    November 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Can we all agree now after watching that first half that Ben cant read defenses…All we needed is a 3 step drop, back foot plants and the ball is out….NO, He continuously drops back and looks around and looks around….we needed a field goal at the end of the first half but to no avail…I hate the patriots more than the ravens Browns and Bengals combined! It’s all I can do to keep my stomach bile from coming up as I watch them!

    • Curt

      November 14, 2010 at 10:30 pm

      Steelers have no anwser how to stop Brady and crew. defense is getting torched out there.

  4. jay

    November 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Okay…The steelers are making the suck Pats defense (# 29 overall) look great! Shame on them and Ben for that particularly Arians….Trai Essex should not have a job in the NFL, neither should Gay or McFadden or Randle El….Unfortunately, those guys ALL either start of receive considerable amount of playing time….So, ERGO, if you have a bunch of suk players who shouldn’t be in the NFL yet they are on the field a lot…what does that tell you about the team?!? Really, the 29th ranked defense shutting us out?? LOL! Maybe we should draft another skill player in the upcoming draft like a Sweed or sign a high profile free agent like Moore! Yeah, ultimately we won’t continue to win with this formula…I don’t know how we did it in 2008 with that atrocious offensive line…But usually the o-linemen who get hurt are the ones who suck….look around the league and see how many high profile o-linemen are on IR versus how many low profile o-linemen are on IR…Reason is they are oafish and clumsy.

  5. jay

    November 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Why is Reed still a Steeler! A chip shot…This is where it all falls apart…The organization being smackass in terms of not properly replenishing the talent, being stubborn about, “Oh, we’re the Steelers, we can continue to do things how we do them and not have to make any adjustments (i..e, free agency,)…THis is it!

  6. jay

    November 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I like how collinsworth talks about how Troy bit on the run fake on the deep pass to Tate! No, Chris, you’re wrong, If a guy named Ike Taylor can’t cover a suck receiver named Tate, then maybe we should start getting a look at our young corners like Lewis or Butler…Tate, last time I checked, isn’t Andre Johnson, so why cant’ taylor cover him one on one without the aid og troy to the rescue…We suck, period!

  7. Brent

    November 15, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Ah, that was enjoyable last nite! Brady continues to haunt the Steelers. But don’t dispair too much. They will probably be meeting again in early January. And the Pats are going to be even better next year with 7 draft picks in the 1st 4 rounds. They rebuilt themselves pretty quick and didn’t make the same mistake by letting themselves get old and didn’t repeat that mistake of the 49ers/Bills/Cowboys etc.

  8. Patsburgh

    January 11, 2011 at 12:29 am

    How I love to see you Yinzers suffer!

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