Connor Cook has his critics, but all the quarterback did as a three-year starter for Michigan State was win. From 2013-2015, with Cook under center, the Spartans went 36-5 with two conference titles, Rose and Sugar Bowl wins, and a trip to the College Football Playoff. When asked which NFL quarterback he compares himself to, Cook chose a very prolific winner, but one that wore maize and blue, and not green and white: New England Patriot great Tom Brady.
“Obviously, he’s got great stats and throws for a lot of yards, a lot of touchdowns,” Cook said. “But I think my game complements his in a matter of fact that he’s a winner. I go out there and I win. I try to put my team in the best situation to win each and every week, just like him. There’s been times he brought his team back. He makes a mistake, puts it right behind. Goes out there, throws a touchdown and leads his team to victory. In that matter, I would say my game kinda reflects Tom Brady, in the competitiveness and love for the game and his will and drive to win.”
Rivalry aside, there aren't many better throws to aspire to be. Cook will likely have a better NFL Draft than Brady did. The future Hall of Famer was famously a sixth round pick by the Patriots in 2000.