There's a reason quarterback Tom Brady is oft referred to as 'The GOAT.' Not only does he have a solid case for the crown of 'greatest quarterback of all time,' he also has a substantiated case for 'greatest player of all time,' period. Part of it has to do with his 20-year tenure in the league. You don't last that long in the NFL without picking up some accolades and records along the way.
But it's more than just longevity – Brady has won. Consistently won. He's the only player in the league to boast six world championships. He's 30-11 in playoff appearances. Number 12 led the New England Patriots to 12, 12-win seasons – the most by any quarterback, ever. He's never had a losing season as a starter.
It's safe to say Brady is just built different. Watch his Tom vs. Time documentary on Facebook Watch to see that a lot goes into keeping Brady on the field and performing at a high level two decades later. That attitude provides intangibles to go along with his tangible resume. It gives him the reputation as a leader. It makes people follow him, perhaps more than any award or accolade he's achieved.
But let's take a look back on the facts and stats, anyway, as he takes on a new chapter of his career in signing with the Buccaneers and the hope of bringing a winning culture back to the Bay.
Super Bowl MVP: 2001, 2003, 2014, 2016
NFL AP MVP/PFWA MVP: 2007, 2010, 2017
Bert Bell Award (Player of the Year): 2007
NFL AP Offensive Player of the Year: 2007, 2010
NFL AP/PFWA Comeback Player of the Year: 2009
14 Pro Bowls
3 First-Team All-Pro
30x Player of the Week
10x Player of the Month
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2nd all-time in passing yards (74571)
2nd all-time in passing touchdowns (541)
2nd among active players in pass attempts (9988)
4th best career passer rating among active players (97.0)
4th-best career INT rate (1.8%) among active players
1st among active players in comebacks (36)
1st among active players in AV according to PFR (280) and (176) weighted
1st among active players for games started (283)
Most career playoff games (41) all-time
Best all-time playoff record (30-11)
Most Super Bowl wins (6)