Sometimes sports is needed to take us away from the troubles we encounter in everyday life, it’s a cliche that we hear all the time and often simply take for granted. Tragedy tends to make us search for something to take our mind away from the pain and sports has traditionally been there to help.
But the figures who play sports aren’t immune to the tragedy anymore than anyone else and we saw an example of that this week when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went out of his way to honor two fallen firefighters who died fighting a five alarm fire on Wednesday afternoon in Boston.
On behalf of my entire family, I want to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the Boston Fire Department and the families of our brave and selfless firefighters who gave their lives for our protection and safety today, and to the entire firefighting community who protect us each and every day. All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
The message doesn’t seem to mean much more than a gesture of good will to most people, but the families and loved ones of those fallen firefighters, this means so much more. It won’t bring anyone back and it’s not a magical elixir that heals the pain of loss, but even though Tom Brady isn’t playing on a football field to take the families away from the pain, he’s still doing his best to help ease pain he’s otherwise not obliged to.
Hate Tom Brady all you want, but things like this remind us that hatred we have on Sundays for players only runs so deep.