On Sunday February 5th, Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. will play in his 7th career Super Bowl. A win would give him his 5th super bowl ring, which would be the most by any Quarterback in NFL History. On the other hand, a loss would would make him 4-3 in those Super Bowl games, and would make it 3 losses in his last 4 Super Bowl appearances. For Patriots fans, the outcome of this game does not change how we’ll think of Tom come Monday, but for everyone else this game could swing his entire legacy one way or the other.
If The Patriots Win
If the Patriots win this game, there’s no debate. Tom Brady will be the indisputable greatest quarterback of all time. 5 Super Bowls, the most of all time. 208 wins (and counting), the most of all time. Every significant QB playoff stat, the most of all time. There will be absolutely zero argument to be made that there has ever been a quarterback better than Tom Brady. This is already the case in the eyes of educated NFL fans, but a 5th ring shuts up the haters. The only comeback they’ll have will be all the deflated football bullshit that we’ve been hearing for the past 2 years. Talk about grasping at straws. Regardless, a 5th ring solidifies Brady’s status as the Greatest of All-Time, so that’s the ideal scenario. Not to mention, he has the chance to humiliate Roger Goodell in the process.
If The Patriots Lose
If the Patriots lose on Sunday, Tom Brady will fall to 4-3 in Super Bowls in his career. While he should not be punished for making it to the Super Bowl more times than Joe Montana, the haters will inevitably come down hard on him for going 1-3 in Super Bowls since his 3rd victory in 2004. While all of Patriots nation, myself included, will not sit quietly if others attempt to discredit our beloved QB; the haters will be out in full force if Brady and the Patriots don’t take home the win. He’ll obviously still be neck and neck with Montana for the title of greatest ever, but a loss in Houston will most certainly not help his case.
If Brady plays poorly, we all know that the anti-Patriots media members will be calling for his retirement regardless of his 14:1 TD to INT ratio this season. Not only could a win in this game cement his legacy as the GOAT, but it could also save Pats Nation the headache of having to listen to an entire offseason of “Is Brady done?” “ Was that the cliff?” “Did Brady choke?”. I don’t know about you, but I sure as hell don’t want to deal with that.
Tom Brady has an opportunity to quiet the haters, spite Roger Goodell, AND cement his status at the Greatest Ever all in one night. This is the type of game that he lives for. Let’s just say, he’s going to come out firing.
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