Greatest Quarterback of All Time: Tom Brady
Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
The National Football League (NFL) is highly regarded as one of the most exciting sports to watch for Americans across the country. As of February 7, 2021, Tom Brady has the most Super Bowl wins of all time, with seven wins in just ten appearances. Brady now has more rings than any team in the NFL. Yes, you read that right, Brady has more than every franchise in the league. Highly regarded as the biggest steal in sports history, Brady was drafted 199th overall in the 2000 NFL draft. As for Super Bowl LV (55), his opposing superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes was four years old when Brady first entered the league. In what seemed like a passing of the torch, Brady proved yet again why he is considered the greatest quarterback of all time.
Let’s start with the obvious, Mahomes will be the face of the NFL for years to come, yet Brady at age 43 and having just completed his 21st season seemed to be young for his age. Brady threw for three total touchdowns, two of them to his best friend Rob Gronkowski, who has now won five rings with Brady.
In a game that was projected to see touchdowns from the first snap to the last, the Kansas City Chiefs failed to even smell the endzone once. With the final score of 31-9, there were a total of four field goals in the game, and only four touchdowns scored as well. In a matchup regarded as possibly the greatest Super Bowl fans will witness, it failed to live up to the hype. Chiefs fans were left with a sour taste in their mouths after watching their squad turn the ball over twice, and the last one in the closing minutes to seal the game. If any positives could come out of this game for the Chiefs it would be the fact that although they lost by 22 points, they somehow managed to still lead the game in total yards with 350, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers having only 340.
It should also be noted that with the current pandemic going on, the NFL limited the number of fans in attendance to about 30%, which means almost 25,000 fans were present. With this being said, how could it be the most important game of the year without a fan rushing the field in the middle of the game? With everything that is happening in the world, sports often give us reminders of what life was like pre-COVID-19, and fans running around on the field was indeed a common thing.
If anything more needed to be said about the argument of Brady not being the best of all time, his seventh Super Bowl has solidified himself as THE best and not just one of them. According to Sports Illustrated, Brady now owns 13 different records in Super Bowl history. He has the most Superbowl touchdown passes with 21, most appearances with 10, and now has the most wins as a starting QB with seven. That was only three of his 13 different records, and are only ones from the Super Bowl (not including regular season or playoff records.) Brady has officially earned the respect of everyone, including his past and present opponents.