3x Super Bowl champion.
2x Super Bowl MVP.
Most Touchdowns Thrown In A Season (50).
2x NFL League MVP.
2x NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
And the result? Sports Illustrated has named New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady the third-greatest quarterback of all time in their latest book Sports Illustrated Football’s Greatest.
The only quarterbacks they have ahead of Brady are Joe Montana and Johnny Unitas. Others included in SI’s top-ten list include Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Otto Graham, John Elway, Sammy Baugh, Terry Bradshaw and Dan Marino.
I can’t agree or disagree seeing as my memory of Montana and Unitas are fragmented due to age and I never got a chance to see the others play, but it’s interesting because everyone’s top 10 lists are never the same.
Brady’s resume is certainly worthy of a top five all-time spot and possibly top-three worthy when you begin to break down what each player did for his team, their actual talents and things of that nature. I’m 100% sure that had Brady walked away from his last two Super Bowls with at least one victory instead of going 0-2 against Eli Manning and the New York Giants, many would place Brady over his childhood idol, Montana.
But Brady has been the leading force of one of the best teams of the past few years and is the most successful quarterback of the last decade. He has about 4-5 years left in the tank if he can stay healthy enough to lead his team back the big stage, but this time coming away with a victory.
I’d love to know what some of you think on the issue, especially those who got to see the aforementioned play in their primes. Maybe top three is too high, but the last few chapters of Brady’s Hall of Fame career are just beginning. We’ll see how things play out until the end.