COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN W. MCDONOUGH Marcus Aerialist Knicks center Marcus Camby (23) and Clippers forward Derek Strong battle for a rebound in a game the Clippers won 78-74. COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY CRAIG WARGA Trojan Colt Timothy Cole, 10, of the Danbury Trojans makes a catch while Lavaune Ellison, 11, of the New Britain Raiders is in hot pursuit during the Connecticut Junior Pee Wee championship game in New Britain. The Raiders won 14-6.COLOR PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPH BY AL TIELEMANS Stiffed Upper Lip Eagles running back Brian Mitchell gives Cardinals safety Pat Tillman a facial during the fourth quarter of a 34-9 Eagles victory.
Before he became the premier postseason performer of his generation, the Patriots icon was a middling college quarterback who invited skepticism, even scorn, from fans and his coaches. That was all—and that was everything