It became a lot harder for New England Patriots haters to argue that Tom Brady wasn’t the greatest quarterback of all time after his improbable Super Bowl comeback that cast quite a few gamblers into the red. As things stand now, Brady has five rings and seven Super Bowl appearances to go along with two MVPs. There’s a case to be made that he’s surpassed his childhood idol Joe Montana on the league’s Mount Rushmore.
But when asked about it by ESPN’s Ian O’Connor, Brady played the humble card as has become customary in a career filled with accolades.
“I don’t agree with that and I’ll tell you why,” Brady said. “I know myself as a player. I’m really a product of what I’ve been around, who I was coached by, what I played against, in the era I played in. I really believe if a lot of people were in my shoes they could accomplish the same kinds of things. So I’ve been very fortunate.”
Brady has played his entire career with the Patriots, a rarity in any age of football. Even Montana moved onto the Kansas City Chiefs when the San Francisco 49ers opted to go with Steve Young under center. In the interview, Brady says once again how he plans to play for another five seasons or so, which would bring him close to 45-years-old. It’s interesting to wonder if he’ll end up on a different team as well if the notoriously pragmatic Bill Belichick decides to ride Jimmy Garoppolo at any point.
Brady said he doesn’t “ever want to be the weak link” and that he knows that “the best guy” should win the job. But if he can keep playing like he did last season – 3,554 yards, 28 touchdowns against two interceptions in 12 games – he’s going to be the “best guy” for awhile.