Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are once again in the hunt for the Super Bowl. Should Brady lead the Patriots to a Super Bowl victory this season, he would have the greatest resume in the NFL's history.
This isn't to say Brady would or should undeniably be considered the best player in the league's history, but just that his resume looks nicer than anybody else's. When objective variables are factored in, the conversation changes dramatically.
Success in sports has become more and more defined by the number of championships a player won. There is a great divide in comparing players who have and haven't gotten to the game's highest peak.
Four Super Bowl rings would tie Brady with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as having the most of any quarterback. In addition to having four victories, Brady would also have the most Super Bowl appearances with six.
Having won the same number of Super Bowls, Brady would be considered to be at the level of Montana.
Just based on Super Bowls, Brady is clearly right there with his resume, but when stats are factored in, it's another story. Montana finished his career with 273 touchdowns and 139 interceptions. Brady is still working on his numbers, but they currently stand at 334 touchdowns and 123 interceptions.
Montana finished his career with a record of 133-54 in games in which he started. Brady, on the other hand, is 153-45 in games started heading into the AFC Championship Game.
Throughout Brady's career, he's been incredibly consistent. He's always been at the top of the league in the majority of passing quarterbacks and put the Patriots in great position to contend. With Brady in the lineup, the Patriots are rarely underdogs in any game.
Of the 10 seasons Brady has started the majority of games, the Patriots have double-digit wins in nine of those years. The only season they missed the playoffs was in 2002 during Brady's first full season as the starter.
While many of the best quarterbacks in history have had great wide receivers to throw to, Brady hasn't had the same luxury. Throughout his career he's made pedestrian wide receivers look like future Hall of Famers. The year he had a top wide receiver (Randy Moss), Brady finished with 4,806 passing yards, 50 touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 117.2 for the season.
Brady has the Super Bowl wins and stats to match any quarterback's resume. A Super Bowl victory this season would give Brady the top resume of all quarterbacks. The scariest part of it all is that he still has a few years to make it look even better.