It’s no secret that the name “Tom Brady” is up there with sports legends Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, and Wayne Gretzky as athletes considered the G.O.A.T. in their respective sports.
But Brady may have had the most unique underdog story not only in all of American football, but in all of sports. And we’re here to take a look at his historic run in the NFL, by the numbers.
In the year 2000, he was drafted by the New England Patriots at the 6th round. Yes, it took a ton of draft picks before anyone decided to settle for the young Tom Brady. In fact, he was the 199th pick for that year. And that would be the best decision the New England Patriots would ever make. Analysts would soon consider Brady the best NFL draft pick of all time.
Of course, we would all soon discover that Tom Brady is American football’s official G.O.A.T. with Peyton Manning coming as a close second.
To prove that, Tom Brady has actually won more playoff games—that’s 28—than any other quarterback has ever played. Plus, he’s started in the playoffs more than any quarterback, too.
In addition to that, Brady also has more playoff wins than 27 of the 32 NFL franchises.
Speaking of the playoffs, Brady has never, and, yes, we mean NEVER been sacked at all in the playoffs. We could also credit that to his great defensive line, but it only shows how accurate and fast Tom Brady is when making decisions on the fly.
Most recently though, Tom Brady went into the AFC Championship game at the age of 41, with his New England Patriots going up against the Kansas City Chiefs. On the other side of the long-ass football field was Patrick Mahomes, who was just 23. Historically, the last five games with the largest disparity in age were won by the older QB.
Temperatures were pretty low, and, naturally, that didn’t stop Brady. Another fun fact about the QB is that his win-loss record during games that take place below 30 degrees Celsius is pretty remarkable, to say the least.
With history on Brady’s side, he and his Patriots overcame the Chiefs at overtime in a close battle. Not to mention his matchup against a rogue laser-pointer from the crowd, which the NFL is already looking into.
Now, Tom Brady is going into his 9th Super Bowl appearance, the most number in NFL history. That’s more than any other team in the league as of right now! And he and his Patriots will be going up against the Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl LIII.
Other Tom Brady numerical facts:
- 5x Super Bowl Champion
- 4x Super Bowl MVP
- 3x NFL MVP
- 14x Pro Bowl
- 3x NFL passing yards leader
- 4x NFL passing touchdowns leader
- NFL Comeback Player of the Year
People can argue all they want about who might be the best quarterback in NFL history, but we’re picking Tom Brady any day. The numbers don’t lie.