Appreciate phenomenal Brady while you still can
Like most people, I started watching the NFL at the Super Bowl, more for the occasion than anything else. I can't tell you I knew what was going on, but I was captivated.
That was February 2002. The all-conquering St Louis Rams, the 'Greatest Show on Turf', were taking on the plucky underdog New England Patriots, a team who had existed without success since 1960, and with a young replacement quarterback named Tom Brady.
Naturally, I gravitated towards the Patriots, and have been a fan ever since, a time in which they've won three Super Bowls, lost another two, and made the play-offs in all but two years, and a time in which Brady has developed into one of greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.
On Saturday, Brady reached his fourth conference final in a row, just one game short of a sixth Super Bowl.
It has been an incredible ride. I've fallen in love with a sport in a time coinciding with the career of one of the greatest players of all time.
I keep reminding myself to appreciate this while he's still around, because at 37, it won't be for much longer.
Two more wins this season will do nicely though.