The 12-year veteran quarterback led the New England Patriots to three championships before turning 28. He has 25 fourth-quarter comebacks and 35 game-winning drives to his name. He has the best playoff winning percentage (.727) of any quarterback in NFL history. He holds a career 63.8 percent completion percentage, has thrown exactly 300 touchdowns and had a record-setting season (in 2007) that showed what he could be, when at his best.
If I haven’t ranted enough—Brady’s finest hour may have come as recently as two years ago, when the University of Michigan graduate threw 37 touchdowns and a ridiculously-low nine interceptions total. It seems like you could point to any year in his career—possibly minus 2008 when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs—and say that there’s no glaring decline in statistics, effectiveness and above all, success, as Brady continues to be the most consistent quarterbacks into this mid-to-late 30s.
Will there be another quarterback to walk the same line that Brady has in quite the same fashion? Probably not. However, a plethora of young QBs have come into the NFL in recent years, all looking to make their mark in a similar way that Brady has for over a decade.
From Matt Stafford, to Cam Newton, to Andy Dalton and more—there is a slew of young talent that has the chance to turn the league upside-down for the next generation of fans that will surely enjoy watching it all unfold.
Who are the next “Bradys” of the world? They’re probably few and far between, considering the parody of pro football in today's culture and climate. However, let’s try to break down five guys who could be household names and end up cementing a legacy for generations of NFL fans everywhere.