Brady is the GOAT
Is there any real money in bookmaking? Maybe I need to look into it. Go to Reynosa and announce my presence to gamblers around the Plaza. Cops won’t bother me there, and thankfully, there is no criminal element that might object to my taking pesos off of would-be drug buyers. The cartel guys might even place some bets, and I’m betting they take it well when they lose.
Seriously, in last week’s sports column, I predicted that Tom Brady and his Buccaneers would beat the Packers, 24-17. The final score Sunday, the Bucs, 31-26. Win or lose in this year’s Super Bowl, and I’m already calling the game for Tampa Bay, 21-13, is there anyone who can still say that Tom Brady isn’t the QB GOAT (greatest of all time)?
In fact, I couldn’t really believe that any sports columnist worth his or her salt was actually comparing Tom Brady with the Pack’s Aaron Rodgers in terms of who was the GOAT. Hello? Brady’s won six out of nine Super Bowls. Rodgers has won one.
Yeah, but Brady had Belichick in his corner. Yeah, but it was Brady who won the best football comeback I’ve ever seen in Super Bowl 51 (L1). Belichick didn’t make that happen. Tom Brady did. Belichick didn’t win a record four Super Bowl MVP awards. Brady did that.
Compare Brady’s stats with the other great signal-callers –Bradshaw, Aikman, Bart Starr – and like them, he’s won two back-to-back Super Bowls. His opponent QB this Sunday, Patrick Mahomes, could join that circle if he wins this year’s contest, considering KC won it all last year. Peyton Manning is also in that league, by the way, but was never a fan of the guy. Why? Who knows. You ever notice that in sports, you can develop a dislike for a certain player. They rub you the wrong way. Elway did that for me, and this many years later, I can’t remember why.
I think that’s Brady’s problem --- why he’s not universally recognized as the greatest QB to ever play pro football. In my opinion, despite what might have gone wrong with “deflategate,” he’s a likeable, humble guy who was raised well. He was drafted as the 199 th pick of the 2000 NFL draft, so obviously, his extreme talent wasn’t on full display in college. Then he took the starting position his second season with the Pats after Drew Bledsoe was injured, and the rest is history. He went on to win six of the nine Super Bowls in which he’s started. At the age of 43, he’s still playing like he was in his early 30s. Okay, maybe not, but he’s not playing like he’s 43.
One of the biggest reasons I think that Brady isn’t considered by all to be the GOAT is that he is, in fact, the GOAT. In other words, Americans prefer to root for the underdog, and they dislike clean-cut guys who seem to have a wonderful family with a wife who is a super model. No one should be that lucky, they think.
Like I’ve said before, I think that despite his propensity for hard work, which makes an athlete better at what he or she does, Tom Brady was born with more God-given talent than any QB in history, and that’s why he is unquestionably the GOAT, bar none