Greg Bishop is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated whose feature subjects have ranged from Ricky Williams to Adrian Peterson to Aaron Rodgers. He spent time as the Jets beat writer for the New York Times and the Seahawks beat writer for the Seattle Times.
Aided by his genius coach and gang of misfit parts, Tom Brady led a come-from-way-too-far-behind victory in Super Bowl LI, one that even some Patriots players didn’t imagine possible. After a trying season marked by his Deflategate suspension and his mother's cancer battle, there's no doubt it's Brady's most special title yet.
Bob McGinn has been a Packers constant since joining the team beat in 1984. Aided by a basement full of notes, newspaper clips and stat sheets (not to mention cereal), he has spent the years since trying, in his words, to “unravel the mysteries of the game.”
In the nine years since his miracle helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII, David Tyree had some lessons to learn about himself and others before finding his footing again in the game that made him a New York hero.