The argument could be made that, even after just four games, Tom Brady deserves to be considered the front-runner for the NFL's MVP award. He's leading the league in completion percentage (73 percent), yards per attempt (9.8) and quarterback rating (133.9).
But not everyone feels Brady should even be in the running for the league's top individual honor.
"There is no way Tom Brady can win MVP," former Colts and Patriots receiver Reggie Wayne said on NFL Total Access recently, "because he was caught cheating this year."
Brady and Wayne spent part of the 2015 preseason together as teammates but Wayne, who was 36 at the time, was released at the end of training camp. When Brady heard mention of Wayne on WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show on Monday, he had nothing but good things to say.
"I don't know what Reggie said or anything, but I liked being with Reggie," Brady said. "Had a lot of great conversations with him, played against him for a long time. He's a Hall of Famer. I always wish Reggie the best. He was a great player."
After Brady was told that Wayne called him a cheater, the Patriots quarterback chuckled.
"Well, I still think he's a great player, and it doesn't change the experience I had while he was here," Brady said. "I think there's been a lot of people over the years who have said a lot of things that I've disagreed with but it doesn't . . . I try to get up every day and do the best I can do."
When the hosts of the show, Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan, expressed some disappointment that Brady would not show any ill will toward someone who had disparaged him publicly, Brady held firm.
"You give everyone else your power when you start reacting to everything that they say," Brady said. "I wouldn't change places with anybody. I got healthy kids. I love my family. And I love doing what I love to do."