Many question whether his legacy has been tarnished. However, those who question or have doubts about Brady should put their concerns to rest.
Despite the loss in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady is still one of the top five quarterbacks currently playing in the NFL. When you consider his whole body of work, not just the 2011 season, he may be the best.
While not MVP-worthy, Brady's 2011 season wasn't too shabby. His 401 completions, 611 attempts and 5,235 passing yards were all career highs. His yardage exceeded Dan Marino's record of 5,084 set in 1984, but it was second to Drew Brees' new NFL standard of 5,476. Brady also threw for 39 touchdowns.
As for his career, only four quarterbacks have ever thrown more touchdown passes than Brady's 300. He ranks 14th in passing yardage and should break into the top 10 in 2012.
Brady has won three Super Bowls—equal to Troy Aikman and more than any other quarterback of his generation. Only Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana have won more Super Bowls. It is a definite possibility that Brady could win the Super Bowl again.
As for his Super Bowl losses, Tom Brady has now lost two. That is the same number of Super Bowls that Roger Staubach lost. He has lost one Super Bowl less than John Elway, and two less than Jim Kelly. All of those quarterbacks are in the Hall of Fame.
While on the subject of quarterbacks who have lost in the Super Bowl, it must be noted that the losing quarterbacks in the last five Super Bowls have all been past Super Bowl winners. Tom Brady has lost twice, and Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner were also on the list.
Even though the Patriots' legacy and reputation may be tarnished a bit, Brady's isn't.
He is still one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer.