Perhaps the biggest achievement of an NFL career to land Tom Brady in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the compliance Patriots General has imposed on American sports watchers.
At a time when discourse is rife with division and subsequent debate in the sport and elsewhere, Brady is creating an anomaly. The debate on the best QB is gone. Similarly, choosing the Sporting News NFL Athlete of the Decade requires no discussion.
Of course, the player who had the most strokes in the rest of the NFL from 2010 to 2019 was the same guy who dominated the previous 10 years. Brady, who is on the verge of completing his 20th season in the NFL, was a Pro Bowl pick after every Patriots campaign this decade. He has won three Super Bowls and appeared in two others. He has played in eight consecutive AFC leagues.
For sports news, New England’s victory in Super Bowl 49 against Seattle to close out the 2014 season has characterized Brady’s performance as pinching his status as the biggest passer in football history. For many, an even bigger Patriots comeback in Super Bowl 51 against the Falcons did the trick. A few years and an extra championship later, the 42-year-old is simply (and unnecessarily) filling in his resume.
From 2010 to 2019, Brady threw over 4,000 yards in seven different seasons. 30 or more TD releases were recorded each year but three. In 2018, when he threw no more than 4,000 yards nor recorded 30 TD passes, he won the sixth Super Bowl ring.
As we noted after the Patriots’ victory over the Rams in Super Bowl 53, the Sixth Championship was more important than it should have been. For a sports world where perception is often governed by first-class mathematics, an approach that is utterly totalitarian and defective at worst, a sixth title for this dynasty was a big deal.
Now Brady has more Super Bowl wins than any other player in NFL history – if it wasn’t enough for him to be the only QB to ever win five. the only player to ever win four Super Bowl MVPs. the Super Bowl record holder for passing yards, completions and TD passes.
Because of what Brady did from 2010 to 2019 to achieve what he accomplished from 2000 to 2009, the NFL player of the decade is now one of the great athlete’s arguments.
Until the game does, it could close that gap.
With the numbers
- 6 Super Bowl Championship
- 4 Super Bowl MVP Awards
- 3 The AP NFL MVP Awards
- 3 first-team All-Pro selections
- 14 Pro Bowl options
- 538 passing touchdowns
- 74,079 passing yards
- 97.0 career pass rating
- 44 game machines
- 35 returns
- 218-63 sign up as a starter
- 30-10 sign up for the playoffs
What they say:
“There is not a general I would like to have from Tom Brady, he is the best, he does so much for us in so many ways in so many different ranks, I am very fortunate to be our general and what he can do the team. “- Bill Belichick
“He’s the leader, the general, the best ever and that’s the end of history.” – Danny Amendola
“His overall game is much bigger than the sum of his parts. And Tom Brady just wins. He knows the voodoo … Tom Brandy is the GATT” – Von Miller
“He’s the most basic coach you’ve ever seen, it’s the simplest football you’ve ever seen in your life and he’s got it: Don’t get into football, people may hate him, he may be crazy but he’s the best general we’ve never seen. “- Ray Lewis
“You saw this body (in the 2000 NFL Combine) There is no way to see six leagues in this body. I understand how blessed we are at this moment, while doing what it does. I say yes to compare it to Michael Jordan and I think what he has achieved is more difficult. ” – Michael Irvine
“It’s not going to beat itself – it’s going to make you beat yourself, you can’t beat that.” – Ryan Shazier
“Tom is extremely disciplined, he sees the end result on game day, but he doesn’t see what he does in the offseason and during the season to maintain his health, his body and his mechanics.” – Drew Bruce
“The guy has already achieved so much, he’s the best out there, the way he competes, the way he prepares for the game, the way he practices every week, it’s just legendary, he makes it the biggest.” – Rob Gronkowski
“Tom Brady is a game changer in the field, in the locker, in life, the only one who can really compete with him, the 49ers guy, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning. “- Deyon Saunders
“I’m the worst matrix on the planet.” – Tom Brandy
The next decade are: Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens
Brady changed the game in the early 2000s when he started three Super Bowls in four seasons. New England found the QB in round six of the draft and other teams over the last two decades have been looking for a similar gem. However, the Brady type, a combination of moral work, leadership, attention to detail and raw talent, cannot be reproduced.
Now the NFL teams will spend the next few years searching for the next Jackson, though he cannot be reproduced.
QB Ravens, who hit the final pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, already dominates the league in a way he has never experienced. At the age of 22, he needed just 14 games to break Michael Vick’s single-season QB record, and his passing as an NFL passer led to 33 passing touchdowns until Week 15, the most in the 2019 league.
Simply put: If NFL teams did not question the ability of a player like Jackson to translate a skill set that dominated college play, it would not be the fifth QB selected in his class. His early professional success has already and will continue to force NFL talent evaluators to acquire a new open mindset. In this sense, Jackson’s deterioration in the long run may prove historic.
There will be competition. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has already been awarded the NFL MVP Award and has appeared as an AFC game title in his resume, though he is two years older than Jackson. Texans QB Deshaun Watson has a promising track, though limited by his environment – which is an important factor.
Brady, of course, has benefited from a solid organization that has undoubtedly led the greatest coach in NFL history for the past two decades. No one will mistake John Harbaugh for Bill Belichick, but in Baltimore, Jackson has a similarly reliable environment to thrive.
And it takes a NFL athlete of the decade to get to know one. Prior to the Patriots’ Week 10 matchup against the Ravens in November, Brady approached Jackson during a pre-game warm-up. “You’re doing great things,” the veteran told the young man. “Big fan.”
That night, powered by Jackson’s 224 vessels, Baltimore forged New England 37-20.