I know it hurts Peyton Manning/Joe Montana/Brett Favre/Dan Marino/John Elway/Aaron Rodgers/Johnny Unitas fans, but Tom Brady is the best quarterback in NFL history. No matter how many times Rex Ryan declares he has figured out how to slow down No. 12, Brady quickly reminds us it's an impossible feat.
With 4,770 passing yards, 36 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions last season, at 38 years old, Brady continues to dominate the league. And while people scoffed at him when he first said he would like to play ten more years, now, that seems like a legitimate possibility. Brady has never relied on youth or athleticism to be successful, and his arm strength has not wavered like some of his acquaintances (ok… I’m only looking at you Peyton).
Brady has certainly earned an A-plus in the longevity category, but it is his entire body of work that earns him the distinction of greatest quarterback in NFL history.
While many like to jump to conclusions and simply look at his playoff performances, he has been damn good in the regular season as well. Winning two regular season MVPs (2007, 2010), earning 11 Pro Bowl selections and becoming the first quarterback to lead his team to a 16-0 regular season are just a few of his many unbelievable accomplishments.
Currently, he is fifth all-time on the career passing yards list, and will surely make up more ground over the next few years. Showing no signs of slowing down, Brady (58,028) would only need three more seasons at his current pace to pass Manning's all-time mark of 71,940 yards.
He has proven to be the best postseason quarterback in NFL history, and it's not particularly close. Brady has played in six Super Bowls (most ever) and has won four, which ties him for most all-time with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana. With a career postseason record of 22-9 (most playoff wins by a quarterback), Brady has thrown for more yards (7,957) and touchdowns (56) than any other player.
You can love him or hate him all you want, but it's not going to change the fact that no one in NFL history has played the position better.
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