Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback of all time? | The Tylt
Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback of all time?
Brady is one of the most accomplished quarterbacks of all-time. Now he has more Super Bowl rings than Joe Montana. He's also a four-time Super Bowl MVP, two-time All-Pro selection, two-time offensive player of the year, comeback player of the year and was elected to the all-decade team. He's got the credentials, but he also has some dark moments.
He was suspended for the first four games of the season for his role in Deflategate. And Brady is at the center of a team dogged by sporting scandals. Haters say all of the shifty organizational behavior has tarnished Brady's legacy—not to mention Brady's replacements have managed to play just as well in Belichick's scheme. His harshest critics will say he's just a byproduct of all-time great coaching. Even Montana was able to win outside of the 49ers franchise.
Let's get real. Brady didn't just win his fifth Super Bowl ring, he played the greatest football game ever. No one has come from behind like that in Super Bowl history—Brady did. It's easy to hate on Brady because he is brash and his behavior is polarizing. The Patriots organization can also be a little more Empire than Rebel Alliance. However, we need to appreciate what he just did, and award him his natural place as the greatest of all time.
Anyone who is awarded the greatest should be able to demonstrate they are the difference-maker on offense, and can remain calm under pressure. Brady has never truly won without Belichick or a great defense behind him. In fact, he's collapsed under pressure several times throughout his 16-year career. He lost two Super Bowls to the Giants, and more importantly, he hasn't proven he can win on his own and fairly. You can't be GOAT with an asterisk. Deflategate, Spygate, etc. will always give critics enough ammo to question Brady's character.
There is another legendary QB with four rings (Montana) and a handful of Hall of Famers with two or three rings (Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Peyton Manning, for some examples). Those guys earned rings without the constant accusations of cheating, which is worth something in the argument of “greatest ever.”