Tom Brady may not be the greatest player in the history of the New England Patriots, but there can be no doubt that he is the franchise's most iconic player of all time.
So what's the difference?
There is a subtle difference between "iconic" players and "great" players.
Magic Johnson is probably the most iconic player in the history of the Los Angeles Lakers, even though Kobe Bryant is the greater player. Babe Ruth is the most iconic player in New York Yankees history, even though Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle or Lou Gehrig may have been better.
Casting greatness aside for the moment, let's have a look at the most iconic player in the history of each National Football League franchise.