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Pioli on the role of luck in drafting Tom Brady

Yesterday's (4/16) press conference had a lot of good stuff, but I liked this answer to a question about luck's role in the draft (610 was highlighting this earlier today). If you're watching the press conference video via the link here, this starts at the 14:42 mark. QUESTION: Scott, going back to what you were saying about picking the right player and the wrong player, how much does just pure luck figure into this, even with all the... PIOLI: Pure luck or dumb luck? In my case, it'd be dumb luck. I don't know if luck is the right word, or it's... maybe it is the right word. There is certainly... It's cliche - it's not a perfect science. I don't know if it's luck, I don't know if it's... you know, in the case of a guy like... You know, the one person people love to talk about is Tom Brady. Well, Tom Brady worked himself into becoming a great player in this league. Tom Brady was, you know, Tom Brady was a player that had a certain amount of skill and was in a certain place athletically. I mean, Romeo, you were around for the ascension of Tom as well, and, you know, I don't know if that... That certainly wasn't us being smart at the time. I mean, it wasn't. That's the truth. There's a lot of people... I listen to all the scouts now and the general managers that were around. They go, "I couldn't get our general manger to take him," or "Our coach wouldn't take him." I mean, truth is, we didn't want him until then either! But sometimes, our good fortune, or our luck, doesn't have anything to do with us. It has to do with the player: when they physically develop, when they physically mature, when they emotionally mature. So again, I don't know if it's luck, if it's preparation, or if... it's a combination of a whole lot of things. But I think there's some good fortune that's involved with anything. Besides being an interesting answer, I think it also may be the first time I've seen Pioli joking around and being self-deprecating. =)

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