Tom Brady: Why Patriots QB Is Merely a Product of the System

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Tom Brady: Why Patriots QB Is Merely a Product of the System
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There is little doubt that New England's Tom Brady has secured his place among the pantheon of great NFL quarterbacks. Three Super Bowl rings before the age of 28 will do that for a guy.

His passing numbers are astounding. His accuracy is unquestioned. Few have looked better in crunch time, and no one else can claim to have quarterbacked a 16-win regular season.

Even after 10 years in the league, Brady looks better in his 11th. Already on pace to shatter Dan Marino's single-season passing record (along with a few other QBs), the six-time Pro Bowler has thrown for a league-high 1,874 yards and 14 touchdowns. If they can overcome the upstart Buffalo Bills, the Pats are virtual locks for another playoff berth.

Brady's success is self-evident, but how much of it does he owe to the system surrounding him? To what extent was Brady shaped professionally by those around him in New England? Is Brady merely the product of a system?

Let's take a closer look.

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