If Tom Brady's Only Been Named First Team All-Pro Once, How Is He the Greatest?

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIFebruary 15, 2009

It has become in-vogue as of late to be under the false impression that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time. I've never agreed with that point of view, but today I came across something that caught me by surprise.

Tom Brady has only been named 1st Team All-Pro, one time in his career. The one and only year when he earned this honor was his amazing 2007 season. I'll be the first to tell you that he deserved every bit of that nomination as well, even ahead of my personal hero, Peyton Manning.

Peyton was also named 2nd Team All-Pro in 2005. Ironic, seeing as I have always said that 2007 and 2005 were easily his best seasons, despite not winning the Super Bowl either year. It seems as if the Associated Press agrees with my views as well.

So it occurred to me, how on earth can you consider a player who's only been named 1st Team All-Pro one time, the greatest ever? Not that this honor is the single most important criteria in which we should judge, but it is reflective of the times in which Brady played better than any other quarterback in the league.

If you don't agree with the Associated Press' rankings, tell me what year Tom Brady deserved to be named 1st Team All-Pro and why he played better then the quarterback that did earn the honor.

I don't expect to change anyone's mind on this matter, but I found it surprising that he had only earned this honor one time. In my view, you can't rank a player as the greatest of all time after only playing the best at his position in one year of his career.

Tom Brady's a great player, no question about it, but greatest ever? Not by a long shot.