Student’s Goat a Hit with Tom Brady

February 17, 2017

With the Vince Lombardi Trophy behind him, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up a stuffed animal thrown to him by Wentworth student Andrew Graves

With the Vince Lombardi Trophy behind him, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds up a stuffed animal thrown to him by Wentworth student Andrew Graves

If you told Andrew Graves, BSCM ’19, in October that part of his Halloween costume would one day be held by Tom Brady, he would not have believed you. But that scenario played out on Feb. 7 as the New England Patriots celebrated their most recent Super Bowl win with a parade in Boston.

Graves carried a stuffed animal in the likeness of a goat for Halloween 2016. After the day came and went, Graves decided to hold onto his prop.

“My roommates and I kept it in our common room,” he says, “sort of like a pet.”

When Brady orchestrated a fifth championship for his Patriots team, talk once again surfaced of the quarterback being the greatest of all time, an accolade often shortened to “G.O.A.T.” The moniker encouraged puns aplenty, as barnyard-inspired signage and T-shirts were found throughout the crowds at the Patriots’ celebratory parade through Boston.

For Graves, signs and shirts were kid’s play.

“The night before the parade I saw the goat, and it just clicked in my mind,” Graves says. “I had to throw it to Brady. It was a pretty big deal that we were going to get rid of it.”

After standing in freezing rain for nearly four hours, Graves heaved the animal toward the Duck Boat Brady was riding on and hoped for the best. It was not until the next day, when Graves started receiving pictures from friends showing Brady holding the goat, that he realized he had completed his pass.

Says Graves, “It was a really cool feeling because you can clearly see Tom smiling at the goat, so that means I made Tom Brady smile. Not many people can say that.”

—Greg Abazorius

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