NFL MVP Tom Brady: Why the New England Patriots QB Belongs With the Best Ever

Clark AmundsonContributor IFebruary 8, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots stands on the field during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Some say that the U.S. Senate is the world's most exclusive club.

Yeah,  not so much.

That isn't to say that 100 people at a time out of nearly seven billion on the planet isn't exclusive, it just isn't anywhere near the top. 

U.S. Presidents?

Nope. There have been 44 of those.

One of the most exclusive clubs to ever exist includes names like Joe Montana, Steve Young, Johnny Unitas, Jim Brown, Brett Favre, Kurt Warner, and Peyton Manning.

What is this club? That would be the only NFL players to ever win the MVP award more than once.

That is until now.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, via a unanimous vote, just became No. 8 on  that list, and rightfully so. In fact, Brady belongs in an even higher class—he is, without a doubt, one of the best of all time. 

This past season, Tom Brady won 14 games, passed for 3,900 yards, threw for 36 touchdowns, and had an insanely low interception total of four.

Brady has been unbelievably consistent throughout his career. He was at the helm of the longest NFL winning-streak ever when the Patriots won 21 games from '03-'04. He is one of only four quarterbacks to win three Super Bowls in the same decade (Troy Aikmen, Terry Bradshaw, and Joe Montana being the only others).

It is easy to hate the guy—three Super Bowl rings, GORGEOUS wife, and more money than he knows what to do with—how could you not resent him just a little? 

It's because he's earned it—all of it.

A lack luster draft pick (sixth round, 199th), a hard-nosed competitor, a gracious human being, a fantastic teammate and one of the best leaders an NFL team has ever had, Tom Brady deserves all the accolades he's ever had and more.  

There is just no quit in the guy. He could have easily retired and ridden off into the sunset after his season-ending knee injury in 2008. He didn't. He didn't have anything left to prove, just more to contribute. 

That has always been his No. 1 goal. He isn't in it for personal atta boys, saying, "The last thing I'll ever be thinking about is an MVP award." 

While amazing, its small solace for a player with such a strong instinct to be a team player.

As good as he was, Brady and the Pats fell short in the playoffs. It wasn't Brady's best game and he owned up.

Even as he was handed the first ever unanimous MVP award, he said, "It’s really contradictory to the way I try to play quarterback. It’s about the team. And if you’re going to experience success, you('ve) got to rely on every single guy, and you win with those guys and you lose with those guys."

It would sound trite coming from anyone else. Tom Brady though (like everything else he's done in his career) has backed up those words with that kind of play for years.

For his attitude, his talent, his leadership, and his consistency, Tom Brady belongs, without a doubt, among the best ever.