What's the prize for protecting the league's sexiest quarterback? Well, if you're willing to slum it in Hyannis Port for the Audi Best Buddies Challenge, a charity event that raises money for individuals with intellectual disabilities, and has Tom Brady as the honorary chairman (and celebrity ambassador!), it's an Audi Q7 SUV.
So congrats, Dan Koppen, Logan Mankins and Stephen Neal, you're the big winners.
"Now you'll be well protected, just like you make me feel . . . sometimes," Brady cracked, glancing over at his linemen ...You know, it's becoming increasingly difficult to dislike Brady, what with the charities, the free wheels, and endless drink tabs. Nick Kaczur and Matt Light -- the two linemen who won't be rolling in complimentary Audis anytime soon -- might feel differently. Of course, Brady could be sending them a message (with all the subtlety of a 2X4 to the head): "We lost the Super Bowl because I was sacked five (FIVE?!?) times. Thanks, jerks. Hope the T goes to Foxboro."
Koppen added more perspective. "Tom's so good to us," he said. "To present it in this form makes it the best. It's not really about the cars, which will be nice to have. The more important thing is he's out here supporting Best Buddies, an organization that's really close to my heart. So it's tremendous for him to be here."
Or maybe Koppen, Mankins and Neal got cars because they showed up at the charity event. Definitely one or the other, though.