New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady turned 41 on Friday, and he celebrated with the entire Patriots Nation. The G.O.A.T. was showered with gifts from the team and messages from fans and fellow players from around the NFL.
But we doubt any player had a more original happy birthday message for Brady than Todd Gurley. The Los Angeles Rams running back, in honor of TB12, A.K.A. ‘The GOAT’, decided to feed, well, a goat.
Gurley posted a picture to his Instagram story of him hand feeding a goat with the caption “Yo HBD @tombrady.”
Gurley’s birthday wish in a way continues last year’s joke when the Patriots brought actual goats at training camp for Brady.
Both Rams and Patriots stars are birthday buddies. While Brady turned 41 on Aug. 3., this year Gurley had only 24 candles on his birthday cake.
Aside from his birthday, the young running back had another reason to celebrate, as the Rams rewarded Gurley’s brilliant play with a four-year, $60 million contract extension.
Despite his young age, Gurley was the runner-up to Tom Brady in the MVP voting last year. People had different opinions on who should get the award.
There were those, like Reggie Wayne, who praised Brady for his tireless leadership:
“The ageless Patriots quarterback continues to get it done. He led the league in passing yards and finished near the top in almost every major category.”
Some admitted considering Gurley for the title, but decided to support Brady.
Gil Brandt: “I considered Todd Gurley and Antonio Brown, and I certainly understand the temptation to be creative with this award, given the feeling that it always goes to the best quarterback, but I just can’t think of a way to justify handing it to anyone but Tom Brady. His accomplishments this year have been spouted ad nauseum, but that doesn’t make them any less amazing: At 40 years old, he threw for a league-high 4,577 yards with 32 touchdowns against eight picks, with a passer rating of 102.8. Oh, and he carried one of the least-talented Patriots teams he’s played with to the Super Bowl.”
Todd Gurley got some votes too:
“No non-quarterback was relied upon more heavily in his offense than Todd Gurley. Only 30 wide receivers had more receiving yards than Gurley, and he sat out Week 17. This award almost always goes to quarterbacks, which isn’t right (though that’s a discussion for another day), so I wanted to give Gurley some respect here,” wrote Alex Gelhar.