First Take's Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman debate if the NFL needs Tom Brady in Super Bowl LII. It can't hurt to have Tom in the biggest game of the year, but regardless, north of 90 million will tune in anyways, so foo foo to Tommy boy. Watch the two master debaters below.-TO
“They absolutely do [need Tom Brady], they literally need to walk around with posters saying ‘Tom Brady, please save us.’
Let’s take this into consideration – the NFL has had a rough season. We know why. The protests, the ratings, the negative publicity. All of this other stuff, things that had nothing to do with play on the field most of the time. It’s sullied this brand to some degree, and has obviously raised the eyebrows of folks inside and outside the NFL.
So now you have the Super Bowl coming up. You have a five-time Super Bowl champion, a league MVP multiple times over…. You remove him from the Super Bowl and what do you have? Blake Bortles against Case Keenum or Nick Foles. Are you kidding me? Oh, the NFL needs Tom Brady desperately. There is no doubt about that, moreso than ever before. He is holding the National Football League in the palm of his hands right now.”