Tom Brady: The Golden Boy


Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots Photo from Guy Harbert via Flickr under Creative Commons license

He wasn’t a first round draft pick; in fact, he wasn’t even a second round draft pick. It wasn’t until the sixth round that he was drafted by the Patriots, but little did Belichick and the rest of the Patriots’ coaching staff know at the time, six-foot-four and 225 pound Tom Brady would become one of the greatest quarterbacks that the NFL has ever seen.

Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Brett Favre, Joe Namath, John Elway, and many other star quarterbacks could be argued as the greatest. But with Tom Brady winning the Super Bowl on February 1, 2015, he could go down as the best quarterback that the sport has ever seen.

The former Michigan Wolverine had to earn his spot on his college team. It wasn’t until his junior year that he became the starting quarter back for the Wolverines, setting the records for the most pass attempts and completions in 1997 at Michigan. In 2000, Brady led Michigan to a win over Alabama in the Orange Bowl, ending his career as a Wolverine on a high note. He was later inducted into the University of Michigan Hall of Fame.

In 2000, Brady started as the backup quarterback for Drew Bledsoe. It wasn’t until 2001, after Bledsoe suffered an injury, that Brady took over his position as quarterback and proved to everyone that he could throw the pigskin with the best of them.

Now at age 37, he ranks fifth all-time in passing touchdowns and fifth all-time in passer ratings. Let’s keep in mind here that he is 37, which makes him one of the oldest quarterbacks in the league behind Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. And he doesn’t look like he is slowing down.

Perhaps the biggest debate will always be Brady versus Manning. Manning holds the league record for career touchdown passes, and with one more season left in the NFL, he will surpass Brett Favre for career passing yards. But the difference between Brady and Manning is that Brady is better post-season.

And we all know that post-season is where it counts.

Manning is a dull 11-12 in playoff games, while Brady is 18-8. 18-8. Think about that. It is because of Brady’s incredible ability to adapt under tough situations, like the playoffs, that he has such an outstanding post-season record. His “clutch quality” and ability to overcome setbacks in games has led him to five Super Bowls and three wins, second behind Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.

And in his sixth Super Bowl of his 15-year career with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady went for a fourth Super Bowl victory, as he and the rest of the Pats defeated the Seahawks.

By winning, he tied Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most Super Bowl victories. Statistically, he is the greatest quarter back of all time. And in my eyes, he will always be the greatest.

I have been a Tom Brady fan since I was old enough to watch football. He has been my idol and sports hero for the last 15 years. His passion is evident in the fact that at 37, he continues to play the game he loves, and it is through his humble public demeanor that I look at him as not only a sports idol, but also a role model.

Love him or hate him, statistically he is one of the greats and you can’t change statistics. Whether you want to admit it or not, you have witnessed one of the most incredible athletes of this generation.

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As a sixth round draft pick in his younger years, many did not believe he would hold such greatness. But he has clearly proved them otherwise.