Tom Brady: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

In response to today’s record breaking career win 201, I felt it was only right to blog about my favorite sports figure, and quite possibly my favorite human on this planet.

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr., the bay-area kid who was overlooked in the NFL draft is now sitting atop the list of most wins as a quarterback, ever. This is amazing to me because he was picked last in the 2000 draft. Dead last actually, just so you get an idea of how stupid literally all 32 teams in the league were. I say 32 including the Patriots because they too passed on Brady multiple times. If you look back at his combine performance, you’ll see it wasn’t great but what’s even more appalling is the combine notes. To summarize, this was the gist of it all, “…not what you’re looking for in terms of physical stature, strength, arm strength and mobility, but he has the intangibles and production and showed great Griese-like improvement as a senior. Could make it in the right system but will not be for everyone.” Could make it… Reading that now I can’t help but laugh, like these people really got this one terribly wrong.

As terrible as it sounds, Drew Bledsoe’s injury was the best thing that could’ve happened to this New England team. Even though you never want to see your quarterback get hurt and knocked out of his starting role, it’s possible we wouldn’t have this great Tom Brady era without it. Speaking of, I am truly blessed to be alive during all of this. There have been great quarterbacks in the past that I wish I was around for like Namath or Marino in his prime, but if I had to pick I would most definitely stay right where I am.

It would be almost impossible to sit and break down all 201 wins, even though I wish I could, but instead I’m just going to look at the greatest career in NFL history.

Aside from today’s accomplishment, Brady has been having a record season backed up by finally becoming a member of the 60,000 yards club. As a result of that, Brady is now number 5 on the all time career passing yards list, behind Peyton, Favre, Brees, and Marino. As of right now, he has 60,498 yards with 4 more weeks left in the regular season, plus however far they may go in the post season. On top of that, his career is far from over. At 39 years-old, you’d think this would be it, but with the way Tom has been playing this season it looks as if he’s got 4 or 5 years left in him, meaning he won’t stay at number 5 on that list for long.

We’ve seen him be almost surgical this season, throwing for 19 touchdowns and only one interception. One. That’s a league low among starting quarterbacks. Career long, Brady has thrown 447 touchdowns and 151 interceptions with his career high touchdown season coming in the almost perfect 2007 year, also known as “the year that shall not be named.”

Tom is a team guy, we know this, and he was even gushing over his teammates and coaching staff today, past and present during his post game presser. Brady said, “I’ve just been very fortunate to be around a lot of great teammates over the years, a lot of great coaches, and a lot of wins.” Not only was he humble, he was so damn handsome up there at that podium.

I’m blessed to be alive during the Era of Brady, watching the greatest of all time do what he does best, and prove that he is the best to ever play the position. It’s possible I even shed a tear after today’s blowout victory over the LA Rams, only because I knew I witnessed history and I knew I watched my favorite quarterback achieve something so historic and Hall of Fame worthy. Brady is one of the most iconic Boston sports figures to ever live, but it’s completely fair to say he’s one of the most iconic sports figures this nation has ever seen.

With all that being said, congrats Tom. I know you won’t read this but if there’s even the slightest possibility you do, I want to make it known that not only I, but all of New England loves you and is thankful to have you under center. Mostly me if we’re being honest, forget everyone else.

Seriously though, long live the GOAT. There will never be another.

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