On Sunday night, former Browns quarterback/American legend Bernie Kosar saw his name ripped out of the record books by Johnny-come-lately Tom Brady.
Brady established a new NFL record for most consecutive passes without an interception in a single season, making it to his 292nd straight pass without getting picked off, breaking Bernie’s old mark of 286 from 1991. The most frustrating part is that the Packers dropped two clear chances at interceptions in the game that would have kept Bernie on top, including an easy pick in the first quarter that Charles Woodson clearly had in his grasp. This comes just a week after the Bears let two potential picks slip right between their hands. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all four of the aforementioned drives resulted in points for the Pats, so they had significance other than for the historical record.
The good news for Bernie Backers is that Kosar still holds the mark for most pass attempts without a pick — 308 — because his streak began at the end of the 1990 season. Brady’s current mark is merely the single-season record. Of course, he now sits only 17 throws away from breaking the most monumental feat ever accomplished by a side-arming, permed quarterback, and with the Bills coming up next I’m not so sure I like Bernie’s chances. Of course, the Bills have proven themselves capable of ending streaks this season, so one never knows.
One thing that would make Brady’s breaking of the record more annoying for Browns fans to swallow is the fact that his coach, Bill Belichick, is the very man who ran Kosar out of Cleveland.
But no matter what happens, one can take solace in this fact: Tom Brady will never have a song this awesome written about him. Uh, yeah, awesome. That’s the word I am looking for.