Joey Porter complains that Tom Brady gets preferential treatment
"No question. When a guy can tell a ref to throw a flag, and he gets it, he’s got his own rules. They made the rule that you don’t go at the legs for Tom, so when he feels that someone is going at his legs, he just points to the ref and he gets a flag. So I can honestly say that he gets his own rules."
Obviously Porter is exaggerating a bit, but it's no surprise that a marquee player like Tom Brady gets preferential treatment. Anyone who has ever watched professional sports can tell you that superstars get the calls. It's a fact.
Michael Jordan was arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. And because of that, he got the benefit of the doubt, more often than not.
Greg Maddux is the greatest pitcher of our generation, but if you paid attention, you'd know that he generally got a bigger strike zone than most pitchers, once he was established as a great control pitcher.
Now, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and other future Hall of Famers are getting the same treatment. Is it right? Probably not. But is that what is going to keep the NFL popular? You bet your ass it is. That's the way it is in professional sports, so just deal with it, Joey.