Former UW star Desmond Trufant will be tested by Tom Brady
To New England quarterback Tom Brady, the scent of so much fresh meat must be overpowering. He has been known to tear into the rookies on his own team. What, then, is Brady going to do when he zeroes in on some poor plebe across the line Sunday night against the Falcons? Why, he was winning his first Super Bowl when Falcons rookie Joplo Bartu was but 10 years old.
“It hit me when I first got here, the veteran players I’m seeing now that I’ve been looking up to through junior high and high school,” Bartu, a linebacker, said. (Really, some as far back as fourth grade). “I’m just taking it all in.”
Brady had displaced Drew Bledsoe and formed his pact with Bill Belichick about the time cornerback Desmond Trufant, the former University of Washington star, was learning long division in Tacoma.
“I’ve been watching him for a long time,” the Falcons’ 2013 first-round pick said. “It’s big (facing Brady), but I’ve got to prepare just like any other week and be ready when my number is called.”
“It’s pretty cool,” said another of the apprentice defenders, linebacker Paul Worrilow. “But I can’t really look at it like that. You try to just know what your job is this week and zero in on that and try not to get caught up in the theatrics.”
Got to admit, though, it is classic theater, based on the timeless theme of class struggle, NFL style.
“If they want to test me, or come my way, I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Bartu said.
Being tested, “that’s every week,” Trufant said.