Multiple NFL agents believe Tom Brady is the "most powerful person" in the league, according to Ben Standig of The Athletic.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earned 16 of 26 votes to lead the poll as the most powerful person, although Brady still earned two votes.
"You've got an active player who's the greatest player of all time," one agent said. "(Brady's) voice, his opinion, just his impact on the game as a player and ambassador, to me, makes Brady the most powerful guy in football, on and off the field."
Brady's resume is as good as anyone in NFL history, starting with seven Super Bowl titles. He also has three MVP awards, five Super Bowl MVPs and 15 Pro Bowl selections.
Even at 45 years old, he remains one of the game's elite. He led the NFL with 5,316 passing yards and 43 touchdowns last season while being named second-team All-Pro.
NFL players voted Brady as the No. 1 player in the league heading into the 2022 season:
Brady's off-field prowess is also notable, earning a reported $52 million outside of his salary last year, according to Forbes. Adding his $31.9 in on-field earnings and he was the ninth-richest athlete in the world.
The quarterback's power has also been notable in recent months, including as the subject of tampering by the Miami Dolphins. The team broke league rules just for the possibility of landing Brady, and it resulted in fines and forfeited draft picks.
Brady also showed his pull within the Buccaneers by stepping away from training camp for personal reasons for 11 days before returning. Not many players would be allowed to leave with an excused absence at such a crucial time in the year.
It adds up to Brady being one of the game's most powerful figures, alongside Goodell and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.