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What Makes Tom Brady the G.O.A.T

Is Tom Brady the G.O.A.T.? Well, you have to erase all your doubts because Tom Brady is the greatest football player of all time, and his six rings can prove it.[1] No team has ever come back from a deficit to win in Super Bowl history, only Tom Brady can do that after giving the Patriots another memorable win. 

This title is to honor him as the greatest quarterback in the history of football. He now has the most Super Bowl rings, and after leading his team to an epic back from a huge deficit, no one can ever question him being the greatest of all time anymore!

Players That Are Comparable to Tom Brady

Turning the ball over, even though your points are great, can put your efforts on offense straight to the trash. The fewer interceptions a quarterback throws, the higher the chances are of a team to win. 

Listed below is a breakdown of quarterback career interceptions:

  1. Joe Montana: 139
  2. Tom Brady: 179
  3. John Elway: 226
  4. Drew Brees: 237
  5. Peyton Manning: 251
  6. Dan Marino: 252

Although Montana has the fewest career interceptions, the interceptions per game should also be addressed. 

Of course, when a player has played fewer games, they would have fewer interceptions. If that’s the case, listed below is each quarterback’s interceptions per game:

  1. Tom Brady: 0.628
  2. Joe Montana: 0.723
  3. Drew Brees: 0.861
  4. Peyton Manning: 0.943
  5. Dan Marino: 1.041
  6. John Elway: 1.284

Overall, Tom Brady is the least likely quarterback to throw an interception among everyone else mentioned. John Elway, on the other hand, is most likely to throw more than one interception a game on average. Despite Brady throwing the ball third most out of all the quarterbacks above, he boasts a large lead on his competition in terms of turnovers.

A List of Tom Brady’s Achievements 

Tom Brady’s Awards:

  • Super Bowl MVP (2001, 2003, 2014, 2016)
  • NFL AP MVP/PFWA MVP (2007, 2010, 2017)
  • Bert Bell Award (Player of the Year, 2007)
  • NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
  • NFL AP/PFWA Comeback Player of the Year (2009)
  • 14 Pro Bowls
  • Three First-Team All-Pro
  • 30x Player of the Week
  • 10x Player of the Month

Tom Brady’s Records:

  • Second all-time in passing yards (74571)
  • Second all-time in passing touchdowns (541)
  • Second among active players in pass attempts (9988)
  • Fourth best career passer rating among active players (97.0)
  • Fourth-best career INT rate (1.8%) among active players
  • First among active players in comebacks (36)
  • First among active players in AV according to PFR (280) and (176) weighted
  • First among active players for games started (283)
  • Most career playoff games (41) all-time
  • Best all-time playoff record (30-11)
  • Most Super Bowl wins (6)

Why Tom Brady Is the GOAT According to 12 NFL Players

Being called the “Greatest Of All Time” makes Tom Brady cringe. According to him, “I don’t even like that! It makes me cringe.” 

He also told Michael Strahan after winning his sixth Super Bowl ring that, “I wish you would say ‘you’re trash, you’re too old, you can’t get it done no more,’ and I would say ‘thank you very much. I’m going to prove you wrong.’”

Although he hates being called the G.O.A.T, many teammates, competitors, and Hall of Famers believe that he deserves to hold that title. Here’s what 12 NFL players had to say about Tom Brady being the greatest of all time [2]:

“He’s got five championships. I think that ends most discussions.”

– Aaron Rodgers (ESPN)

“His overall game is just so much greater than the sum of its parts. And Tom Brady just wins. He knows voodoo. Tom Brady’s the G.O.A.T.”

– Von Miller (The Players’ Tribune)

“He’s No. 1 because of the production, the individual statistics, he’s had a revolving door in terms of the supporting cast around him from year to year, and yet he doesn’t miss a beat. We were preparing for the Saints. We watched the Patriots against the Saints and some of the plays he made, he threw a touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski off-schedule, just hanging in the pocket, I see that as mobility, I see that as extending a play. It may not be running around, in fact sometimes running around he may look like a baby giraffe, but he finds a way in the pocket to keep his eyes downfield when there’s chaos around him and deliver throws time and time again, especially in big moments.”

– Kirk Cousins (NFL Network) 

“The thing about Tom is he’s super clutch. He’s on time. When the game’s on the line, he has no fear.”

– Kirk Cousins (NFL Network) 

“He’s the most basic quarterback you’ve ever seen. It’s the simplest football that you’ll ever see in your life. He’s figured it out: don’t complicate football. People can hate on him, y’all can be mad at him, but he’s the best quarterback we’ve ever seen.”

– Ray Lewis (FOX)

“This man really picks apart defenses with mediocre WR talent, he’s the greatest EVER.”

– Patrick “Diddy” Robertson (Twitter)

 “[Brady] has my vote for the greatest to ever lace them up in a quarterback position. When you look at everything that Tom has accomplished, I think the defining moment for me, as a fan, was that Super Bowl comeback last year. For him to be able to bring his team back, Tom Brady the greatest of all time? To hell with the regular season, how about ALL the victories. You have my vote, number 1 man.”

– Randy Moss (ESPN)

“You’ve just got to look at what Brady [has] done. I went to two Super Bowls in thirteen years, feeling good about at least going, but the [Brady] is going every year. I got to go Brady [over Joe Montana].”

– Anthony Muñoz (NFL)

“Tom Brady is a game changer on the field, in the locker room, in life. The only one that can really rival him, that man from the 49ers, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, [but] Tom Brady is in a class by himself. He can get another coach and still be Tom Brady.”

– Deion Sanders (UNDISPUTED)

“Tom Brady is the greatest football player in the 97-year history of the NFL. The fashion in which he did it, and the body of work — his resume is extensive: 14 division titles, 2 league MVPs, 5,000-yard passing season, five Super Bowls, and four times he was Super Bowl MVP. In the past two [Super Bowls], the way he’s come back in dramatic fashion. For me, it’s Tom [as the GOAT]. What are we debating?”

– Shannon Sharpe (UNDISPUTED)

“That’s what makes him great. You saw that body [at the 2000 NFL Combine]. There’s no way you saw six championships in that body! To produce what he has produced, and to play at the level he has played at, is incredible. All of us living should understand how blessed we are to be in this moment while he’s doing what he’s doing. I say yes to comparing him to [Michael] Jordan, and I think what he’s accomplished is more difficult.”

– Shannon Sharpe (UNDISPUTED)

“You take 16 years of body of work like what Tom Brady has produced, but you also have to look at the eight Super Bowls he has participated in. Which is absolutely incredible. You have to think that the best quarterback to ever play the game is Tom Brady in my opinion, without a doubt.”

– Emmitt Smith (The Rich Eisen Show)

Final Words

Overall, Tom Brady really is the greatest of all time, and this can be backed by the record statistics he has. It may sound impossible, but until someone breaks his record, he will remain the greatest football player ever. 

What do you think about Tom Brady? Does he hold the right to be called the G.O.A.T? If so, why or why not? Share your thoughts by commenting on the article. We’d love to hear from you!

Resources:

  1. Retrieved from https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/08/tom-brady-goat-throw-super-bowl-seahawks
  2. Retrieved from https://www.boston.com/sports/new-england-patriots/2019/08/17/what-makes-tom-brady-the-greatest-of-all-time

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