Tom Brady: Why He Needs Another Super Bowl Ring More Than Ever
Tom Brady's Next Few Seasons Most Critical Of His Career
These days, many people are more interested in discussing Tom Brady's questionable hair-dos and super model wife than his football championships glories.
That's a curious fact considering where his legacy stands right now.
No quarterback--not Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, or Johnny Unitas--ever had a start to their career quite like Tom Brady.
By the end of his second NFL season, he won a Super Bowl. By his fourth another. And by his fifth another.
Now there is no doubt that Brady deserves to be mentioned amongst the all time greats. Aside from his team achievements, Brady has two Super Bowl MVPs, two NFL MVPs, and six pro bowls selections.
Still, six seasons have passed without Brady leading the Patriots to the Super Bowl title.
Since then, he's seen "the next great quarterback" Aaron Rodgers, passing-genius Drew Brees, his arch-rival Peyton Manning each win one and Ben Roethlisberger win two.
Worse yet, Brady's Pats have been the prohibitive favorite to win the title twice in the past four years (2007, 2010) only to lose in the playoffs largely because their electrifying offense was suffocated by the opposition.
In football, individuals may not win world titles, but individual legacies certainly are tied to them. Just ask Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, and Jim Kelly.
Should Brady go another season without hoisting up the Lombardi trophy, it will be hard for historians and fans alike to definitively put his name in the same class as Joe Montana, John Elway, and Johnny Unitas, men who won multiple titles AND were all-time prolific passers.
For all they did early in their career, and for all the remarkable individual accolades they earned, Montana, Elway, and Unitas each won Super Bowls late in their careers: Monana in his 11th and 12th seasons, Elway in his 15th and 16th seasons, Unitas in his 16th season.
Brady has maybe four or five more years left in his prime. And since the Pats are so well run and continue to get younger in the draft every year, they have a great shot at returning to another Super Bowl once or even multiple times.
But unless New England cashes in one of those appearances with a championship, Brady's COMPLETE resume will have a pretty glaring oversight: how can "the greatest quarterback of all-time" go more than a decade without a title?
Right or wrong, if we've already seen Brady win his last Super Bowl, that is the question people will ask when he goes into Canton. Assuming he's not donning a mohawk or cornrows or pigtails.
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