Joe DiMaggios 56 game hitting streak. Wilt Chamberlin scoring 100 points in an NBA game. Bill Russells 11 NBA championships. Joey Chestnuts 13 hot dog eating contest championships. These are some records that have been considered “unbreakable”, “untouchable”, “impossible to touch” for good reason. These are records that are so perfect place perfect time that it would take something remarkable to break. Can we add Brady’s 7 Super Bowl wins to this category?
Very little in the sports world should be taken for granted. It is the most difficult thing to make it to the pinnacle of any sport, but football, to me, is the most difficult. You have 22 players on the field at a time. Each one has a specific job each play, and when one person does not do their job, the play goes array with some level of problem. Now bring this idea into the fold when talking about a guy who has appeared in 10 Super Bowls in the last 20 seasons. To put that into perspective, 12 of the 16 NFC teams have been to the Super Bowl in the last 20 years. One guy, who plays the most important position in team sports, has been to 10, won 7, and named MVP in 5 Super Bowls. The numbers I am tossing out here are absolute insanity, but let’s make them even more impressive.
It is sometimes very difficult to truly understand the gravity of playing in 10 championship games, especially with some that witnessed the Steelers in the 80s and the 49ers in the 90s but here is just a short list of the records Brady has and just how far he is ahead of everyone else that has played the sport in the Super Bowl era.
|Statistic||Tom Brady||Next Closest|
|Passing Yards in a Game||505||466 (also Brady)|
|Passing Attempts in a Game||62||58|
You can sit there and attempt to convince why guys like Joe Montana and Peyton Manning are better, but it will not convince me otherwise. Yeah he may not have the regular season accolades of Peyton Manning. He may not be athletic specimens like Michael Vick and Cam Newton. He doesn’t have a rocket launcher on his arm like Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes. Brady just makes the right play at the right time and he just wins. Yes, I agree that wins are not a quarterback stat, but Brady might be the exception to that rule as he is every other rule when it comes to quarterbacks.
The man is 43 years old and just threw for 4,600 yards and 40 touchdowns this year. He just led a team that was 7-9 last year to an 11-5 regular season. He led his team against 3 of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. I’m not saying anything that isn’t already known, but I feel like this is not being discussed enough. He replaced a 27 year old former number one overall pick and took the same team he had last year to the Super Bowl. He sat there and listened to people discuss if Mahomes wins this game, is he gonna be the greatest of all time at 25, and Brady outplayed him handily. This man was considered to be heading to Tampa to take a pay check after taking so many hometown discounts from the Patriots and wins the MVP of the Super Bowl. Father time might be undefeated, but Brady has given him his best fight yet.
I hope everyone who watched the Super Bowl last night realized they were watching history. A quarterback playing in 10 Super Bowls and winning 7 of them. For a man that was a 6th round pick and never expected to be the starter for the Patriots to being the most prolific player in NFL history, Tom Brady deserves respect as a player. So go get you a pint of avocado ice cream and 100 ounces of water to share a toast with Tommy Terrific. There will never be another one like him.