Posted: Thursday September 22, 2005 4:41PM; Updated: Friday September 23, 2005 2:09PM
Bridget Moynahan may be an "older" woman, but it's hard to quibble with Tom Brady's choice for a girlfriend.
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They are easily the most celebrated quarterbacks in football. Their popularity transcends the playing field and extends to late night talk show appearances, magazine covers and paparazzi pictures. Calling Matt Leinart and Tom Brady simply football players would be like calling P. Diddy a producer --- the title simply doesn't tell the whole story. While Leinart rules college football from the left coast, Brady dominates the pro game on the east, but there has been some question as to whose life is sweeter.
The answer really depends as much on your personality as it does the lifestyles of the athletes in question. Do you live for college football Saturdays or for NFL Sundays? Do you consider your college experience the greatest time of your life or do you prefer your post-academic endeavors? Do you watch Laguna Beach or Boston Legal?
We'll try to tackle this question by breaking down both of their current situations in five major categories.
It's no coincidence that Leinart and Brady lead the most successful teams in college and pro football respectively. While the USC Trojans try to be the first team to win three consecutive national championships this season, the New England Patriots are on a quest to become the first team to win three straight Super Bowls. Although the Patriots have already won three of the last four Super Bowls, they aren't as loved as the Red Sox.
The Sox have always stolen the headlines -- even before they became World Series champions. The Trojans, on the other hand, are the glamour team in Los Angeles because of the lack of a pro football team and recent downfall of the Lakers and Dodgers. Besides packing more than 90,000 per home game at the Coliseum and getting more media coverage than a high-profile trial at one of the local courthouses, the Trojan players, even the reserves, are treated like Hollywood celebrities in and around campus.
There's nothing wrong with living in the New England area if you're willing to endure frigid winters and humid summers for some amazing seafood. While Boston may be one of this country's oldest and most historical cities, it's no place for a 20-something heart throb with the world in the palm of his hand to live. In the immortal words of Horrace Greeley, "Go west, young man." Nothing beats living near the beaches of Los Angeles as women who would put The OC girls to shame walk around wearing bikinis thinner than floss even in December. Even Brady frequents So Cal on a regular basis -- even it is to visit his girlfriend.
Despite being in the prime of their playing careers (off the field), both Brady and Leinart have girlfriends and say they are off the market. Brady is currently seeing actress/model Bridget Moynahan while Leinart is with USC women's basketball player Brynn Cameron. This may seem like a slam dunk for Brady, but it really depends what kind of person you are. Are you the kind of guy who digs older women and long-distance relationships (Moynahan is 35 and lives in Los Angeles) or are you the kind who longs for that college sweetheart who will always be by your side after every practice and every game? That's a tough one, but it's hard to go against Moynahan.
THE NIGHT LIFE
As much as Boston is a haven for pubs, Los Angeles is the epicenter of the club scene. And while there's nothing wrong with getting pitchers and pizzas with the boys, nothing beats comped bottles of bubbly in the VIP section of a hot club when you are the toast of the town. Although Brady has been spotted at Boston's The Rack a few times, he really can't compare with Leinart's frequent rendezvous with his buddies Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey at Mood, one of Hollywood's hottest nightclubs. That's where he held his 22nd birthday party in May and boasted a guest list that not only included the "Newlyweds," but also Lindsay Lohan, Alyssa Milano and Fred Durst, among others.
Brady, who was linked to Tara Reid before he was with Moynahan, can certainly compete with Leinart in the celebrity entourage department and has frequented his share of Hollywood shindigs, but it's hard to match Leinart's consistency and frequency when Brady's situated closer to Salem than Sunset.
Obviously Brady makes more than Leinart. While Brady signed a six-year, $60 million contract with the Patriots this year, Leinart has made a grand total of $0 during his five-year career with the Trojans. Blame it on the NCAA and its pesky rules and regulations. Leinart, however, could sign a $50 million deal in April if he becomes the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, as many expect he'll be. Either way, that's still eight months away, so this one's a pretty easy call.
Although Leinart took home three of the five categories, I'm going to mix things up and go with Brady in the end. Leinart may be the BMOC at USC and around Los Angeles, but even he would have a hard time going against having three Super Bowl rings, a model girlfriend and a multi-million dollar contract.