Can you think of any more fitting way for the 199th overall pick out of Michigan to solidify his spot as the Greatest to ever step on the field? Falling behind by 25 in the 3rd quarter of the Super Bowl with the clock ticking down, and simply refusing to quit. He had spent his entire career to that point defying the odds, so why not one more time? Just another day at the office.
I’ve said it in articles, I’ve said it on The 12-34 Podcast, and I will say it again. Winning a 5th ring makes Tom Brady the Greatest Quarterback of All-Time. 5 Super Bowl rings. 4 Super Bowl MVP’s. The most wins of all time. THE GREATEST COMEBACK IN SUPER BOWL HISTORY. There’s no debate anymore. None.
So, here we are. It is February 7, 2017, and we are 2 days removed from watching Tom Brady throw for a Super Bowl record 466 yards while mounting a 25 point second half comeback to win his 5th Super Bowl ring. All doubt has been erased; any counter-arguments have been nullified. It doesn’t matter if you love Tom Brady, or if you hate him for constantly embarrassing your team for the past 17 years. Joe Montana did not win 5 rings. Joe Montana did not reach 200 wins. Joe Montana did not win 4 Super Bowl MVP’s. Tom Brady did. Therefore, there's no argument to be made for Joe Montana.
Don’t give me any of that “Aaron Rodgers is more talented” bullshit either. The objective of the game isn’t to be the most talented player on the field. They don’t give Lombardi Trophies away for having talent and “natural ability”. You win Super Bowls by playing smart, executing in the clutch, and WINNING FOOTBALL GAMES. That’s why Brady has five and Rodgers has one.
Even if you want to make the argument that Brady has had better defenses than Rodgers, that’s always been the Patriot way! The Patriots do not have a single first-round draft pick on their offense outside of Nate Solder. That’s because they've spent year after year drafting and developing solid defensive players while we watch Brady turn another man’s trash into his treasure at the wide-receiver and running back positions. For the love of God he just won a Super Bowl title without Rob Gronkowski, and with Julian Edelman (a college QB) and Chris Hogan (a college lacrosse player) as his top two wideouts! Not to mention, Brady has taken pay-cut after pay-cut in order to give the Patriots more room to sign players that can help him win championships. Meanwhile, the Packers took a 20 million dollar cap hit for having their QB on the roster this year. So you can keep talking about Aaron Rodgers’ talent, but in the words of Billy Beane in the movie Moneyball, “If you lose the last game of the season, nobody gives a shit”.
What Tom Brady has done over the last 17 years has at the very least been unprecedented. We’ve never seen a quarterback sustain this kind of success over an entire career, and there’s a strong chance we don’t see it again as long as we live. Whether you like it or not, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback the NFL has ever seen. So it’s time to start acknowledging and appreciating that while we still can.
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