Tom Brady being one of the 10 quarterbacks chosen for the NFL 100 all-time team is certainly no surprise. While it most definitely made many football fans across American roll their eyes, since 2001 Brady has been a thorn in the side of all other 31 teams.
To date, as the 42 year old is very much still playing, Brady has too many accomplishments to list. Here are his accolades the official NFL Twitter account shared:
6x Super Bowl Champion (4x Super Bowl MVP)
3x NFL MVP (‘07, ‘10, 17)
3x First-Team All-Pro, 14x Pro Bowler
219 wins (most by QB in NFL history)
74,350 passing yards (2nd in NFL history), 539 pass TD (T-2nd)
Other notable Tom Brady records include pretty much every important postseason statistic.
Playoff games started: 40
Playoff wins: 30
Playoff passing touchdowns: 73
Playoff passing yards: 11,179
It was an obvious decision to have Brady be one of the 10 quarterbacks chosen for this team. The other nine quarterbacks were Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, John Elway, Joe Montana, Roger Staubach, Johnny Unitas, Otto Graham, and Sammy Baugh. Brady is the only active player to make the list, beating out Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees for that honor.
Brady discussed being a part of this team during his media press conference on Friday.
“I never thought I would be playing 20 years in the NFL, and certainly never thought I would be picked to that team,” Brady admitted. “But, I’ve just played with a lot of great teammates, and great coaches, and a great organization, and played for Mr. (Robert) Kraft and it’s been pretty sweet.”
Brady was also asked if he still feels like a little kid on occasion.
“Absolutely, yeah. Absolutely. I feel like that everyday. I mean, I go out there and I play, I’m throwing the ball around to these receivers and you think, ‘Man, I’m just…’” Brady mentioned. “When I was a kid, I’d be in the parking lot at Candlestick (Park), throwing the football around with my friends. Now I’m throwing to the best athletes in the world, and then getting paid for it.”
Brady then went on to compare his current job to him playing as a kid.
“You know, ‘Hey can you guard this guy? We’re going to run this route and try to complete it.’ That’s what we did when we were kids, and in a lot of ways I’m still doing it as a kid. I feel like a kid, and I think it’s important to still look at it like that.”
Now there are certainly debates to be had throughout this list. However, Brady is in the conversation, not only for the best quarterback the league has ever seen, but for the best NFL player of all time. Both his peak and longevity can rival any NFL Hall of Famer. His postseason play and successes are second to none. The number of historical sports arguments involving Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. will only continue to increase when or if he ever retires.
Story by Chad Jones
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