Keep Hating, but Tom Brady Is the Greatest QB of All Time

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Today at 6:30 pm, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots will take the field for their 8th Superbowl appearance in 18 years. For a majority of the games taking place over that span, the Patriots have been blessed with a healthy Tom Brady to lead the way. There has been great debate in the sports world over who claims the title of “GOAT” at the Quarterback position. Football fans jealous of Brady and the Patriots make up many excuses and tell themselves that Tom Brady isn’t the greatest quarterback of all time, but the arguments that those fans make are frankly nonsensical. The larger debate now should be whether there is a contest for the greatest quarterback of all time. If Tom Brady wins a 6th Super Bowl title, that debate becomes invalid, and his status of greatest quarterback of all time will be cemented for likely eternity. But enough of the posturing, let’s get down to the facts.

Tom Brady Career Highlights:

  • Super Bowls Won: 5 (2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017)
  • Super Bowl MVP Awards: 4 (2002, 2004, 2015, 2017)
  • AP NFL MVP Awards: 3 (2007, 2010, 2017)
  • 3-time First-team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2017)
  • 2-time Second-team All-Pro (2005, 2016)
  • 2-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
  • 3-time NFL passing yards leader (2005, 2007, 2017)
  • 4-time NFL passing touchdowns leader (2002, 2007, 2010, 2015)
  • Pro Bowls: 13 (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 20092017)

Regular Season Records Held:

  • Most games won by a quarterback: 196
  • Best touchdown to interception ratio in a season: 28:2
  • Most wins on the road by a quarterback: 88
  • Only quarterback to have three consecutive games with 300+ passing yards, 3+ Touchdown-passes and 0 interceptions
  • Oldest quarterback to throw for 4 TD passes in a game
  • Most Division Titles (14)

Records Held where it Really Matters (Playoffs and Superbowl):

  • Most games played: 35
  • Most games started by a quarterback: 35
  • Most games won by a starting quarterback: 26
  • Most consecutive wins, playoffs, by a starting quarterback: 10 (2001, 2003–2005)
  • Most consecutive wins to start a career, post-season, by a starting quarterback: 10 (2001, 2003–2005)
  • Most touchdown passes: 63
  • Most passing yards: 9,094
  • Most passes completed: 831
  • Most passes attempted: 1,325
  • Most NFL conference championship appearances by a starting quarterback: 11
  • Most NFL conference championship wins by a starting quarterback: 7
  • Most career 300+ passing yard games, post-season: 12
  • Most touchdown passes: 15
  • Most passing yards: 2,071
  • Most passes completed: 207
  • Most passes attempted: 309
  • Most wins as starting QB: 5
  • Most passes completed in first half of a single Super Bowl: 20 (XLIX)
  • Most passes completed in a single Super Bowl: 43 (LI)
  • Most passes attempted in a single Super Bowl: 62 (LI)
  • Most passing yards in a single Super Bowl: 466 (LI)
  • Most Super Bowl appearances: 7

A Few Unofficial but Nonetheless Impressive Accomplishments:

  • Oldest QB to lead the league in passing yards
  • Oldest player to win NFL MVP
  • Broke the Madden Cover Curse (Won MVP)

If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will. You may dislike Brady because of his continued success, or his “cheating” ways (by the way, Deflategate was a sham), but the truth is, he is the greatest, and there is nothing that anyone can say to refute that. His continued success at 40—an age where historically professional athletes stop performing at a high level—shows how great of a quarterback he is. Frankly, people are sick of his success, and are itching to say “I told you so” to Brady fans when he eventually stops performing at a high level (Don’t worry, Max Kellerman has tried to predict this many times—but it still hasn’t happened). The best part about Brady is that all of these individual awards don’t matter to him. He is solely focused on winning Super Bowls with his team. His meteoric rise is the greatest success story in the history of sports. He feeds off the hate he gets, and thrives under pressure, orchestrating marvelous comebacks that leave all in disbelief. So hey, keep hating. Brady is still gonna do Brady.

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About the author

Tom Paugh is a 16 year old from Wayland, MA and a member of the St. Mark’s Class of 2019. Tom is actively involved in St. Mark’s student life as a Dorm Prefect, Pathways Prefect, member of the St. Mark’s Model UN, Admission Prefect, and Peer Tutor. He is also currently pursuing a classics diploma from St. Mark’s as well. He aspires to get a degree in Business Management/Entrepreneurship so that he can start his own company. Tom has a strong passion for serving his community, and has completed stints at the Boys and Girls Club in Marlborough, MA, as well as volunteering at Brantwood Camp in Peterborough, NH. In addition to his academics, he enjoys playing soccer, hockey, and golf. In his free time, Tom likes to spend time with family, travel, and enjoy the outdoors.

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