Tom Brady Cements Legacy as Greatest Quarterback of All Time
By David Creed
For the fifth time of Tom Brady’sNFL career, he and the New England Patriots are atop of the football world and were crowned Super Bowl champions. Tom Brady was named the Super Bowl MVP for the fourth time in his career, an NFL record. His fifth Super Bowl win is also an NFL record for quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era. Above all else however, Tom Brady also earned another title aside from being named a Super Bowl champion and MVP two Sundays ago. His fans have referred to TB12 as the “greatest Quarterback to ever walk the face of the earth.”
While Tom Brady set three new NFL Super Bowl records in this year’s Super Bowl (most completions, passes attempted, and yards thrown in a single Super Bowl), he was also able to add on to several other all-time Super Bowl records. Tom Brady holds the record for most touchdowns, passing yards, completions, passing attempts, wins, and appearances ever for a Quarterback in NFL Super Bowl history. Essentially, he holds any record a quarterback could possibly have in Super Bowl history, and to put icing on the cake, he just led the Patriots to the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history (a 25 point deficit), surpassing the previous record (a 10 point deficit) set by none other than Tom Brady’s Patriots back in 2014 during their fourth Super Bowl run against the Seattle Seahawks loaded defense.
To put this extraordinary run by Tom Brady into perspective, Tom Brady’s five Super Bowl wins are more than 28 (yes, you read that correctly) of the 32 NFL franchises have to their name in the history of their franchises. Only the Steelers have more (six), and the Cowboys, 49ers, and Patriots each have five, with all five of the Patriots Super Bowls being won with Tom Brady at quarterback. Only one NFL franchise can say they have won more Super Bowls in their franchise’s history than Tom Brady has won in his career.
Tom Brady also has more Super Bowl appearances than 28 of the 32 NFL franchises (7), as he is only surpassed by the Patriots who have nine (seven with Brady), and the Steelers, Cowboys, and Broncos who each have eight. Tom Brady has also won more Super Bowls (five) than 22 of the 32 NFL Franchises have in Super Bowl appearances.
In terms of his overall postseason stats, and not just his Super Bowl stats, Tom Brady holds records amongst all quarterbacks in games played (34), wins (25), touchdowns (63), passing yards (9,094), passes completed (831), passes attempted (1,325), most conference championship appearances (11), 300-yard passing games (11), and consecutive games won with 10.
If his playoff records aren’t enough, he also has the best passer rating in NFL history (97.2), to go along with 61,582 passing yards and 456 touchdowns to just 152 interceptions in his regular season career. He is a two-time NFL MVP, a 12-time pro-bowler, set the record this year for best TD:INT ratio in NFL history with a 14:1 ratio. What may be the scariest part for the NFL is that he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
(All stats via Pro-Football-Reference and NFL.com)