New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick finally broke down and said he thought Tom Brady was the greatest quarterback of all time.
Whew, finally the coach who helped make Brady a household name, a vice versa, let everyone know how he felt about the man who has won four Super Bowl titles and had helped to redefine the position that it is today.
If you sense some sarcasm with that statement, you are dead on. What else was Belichick, a man many consider to be one of the greatest head coaches of all time, going to say? Would he really not say his signal caller, the man who seems to do more with less each year, was the best at what he does?
As Cameron DaSilva of foxsports.com points out, Belichick usually ducks that kind of questioning and stays away from praising individuals over team effort. Belichick isn’t typically the one to say that, though. The closest he’s come to calling Tom Brady the best quarterback ever was in 2012, when he said, “There’s no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady. He’s the best.”
That changed on Thursday when Belichick finally proclaimed Brady to be the greatest of all time. And strangely enough, he didn’t say it at a boring press conference. He spoke the unheralded words at the 2016 Salesforce World Tour conference.
It wasn’t even an NFL event and Belichick was singing his praises. That’s a big step for a man who says very little when he is thrust into the spotlight.
Brady continues to show his brilliance even as a 38-year-old player. He took the ball – figuratively and literally and ran with it this season amid controversy of “Deflategate” and the fact the Patriots were fresh off a Super Bowl win in 2014. Brady’s performance this season – a vindication of sorts after being accused of cheating all offseason – showed his true grit.
I’m not a fan, just stating the facts.
Following Brady’s last second heroics in Super Bowl 49, the questions grew stronger about his place in football history.
As I wrote following the game…
He is better than Terry Bradshaw, and now he is better than Joe Montana. He is what every quarterback who plays this game wants to be – calm, efficient, a bit of a gunslinger and every bit a champion. The man who has everything in hand, with a hot model wife and family as well as the city of Boston anointing him the best that ever played the game.
When you think of it, it becomes even harder to fathom that Brian Griese, Chad Henne and Denard Robinson (who is now a running back) all played the same position as Brady at Michigan and all were drafted ahead of him in the NFL in their respective draft classes.
Brady just continues doing what he is doing. He is Superman in a pair of shoulder pads, with a model wife and what appears to be the life we all want. On the field, he really is Joe Montana-cool with a fire inside him that belies a true competitor. It would not be a surprise if he and the Patriots were to win one more big game before he retires.
Brady has won three Super Bowl MVP (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XLIX) and two league MVP awards (2007 and 2010), has been selected to eleven Pro Bowls, and has led his team to more division titles (13) than any other quarterback in NFL history. Brady is fifth all-time in career passing yards and third in career touchdown passes. His career postseason record is 22–9; he has won more playoff games than any other quarterback, and appeared in more playoff games than any player at any position.
And to think 198 players were “better than him” when he was picked in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Now that Peyton Manning won the Super Bowl in his final career game, the want to win one more should fuel him even more.