“I don’t agree with that, and I’ll tell you why,” Brady said. “I know myself as a player. I’m really a product of what I’ve been around, who I was coached by, what I played against, in the era I played in. I really believe if a lot of people were in my shoes they could accomplish the same kinds of things. So I’ve been very fortunate. … I don’t ever want to be the weak link.”
While there’s no doubt Brady has had the luxury of an incredible supporting cast over the years, both in terms of coaching and roster talent, let’s chalk this one up to a future Hall of Famer being humble.
The case for other players at the most important position on the field is growing weaker by the year.
Brady, fresh off what may have been his most thrilling title run, is the all-time leader among quarterbacks in Super Bowl wins (five), Super Bowl MVPs (four), and playoff wins (25).
The 39-year-old heads into his 18th season sitting 10,358 yards and 83 touchdowns behind Peyton Manning for the all-time lead in the league’s top passing categories.
Playing into his mid-40s, a goal he reiterated to O’Connor, would almost certainly see him easily claim those statistical rankings from his longtime rival. Maintaining his dominance in an age range where players are typically on their last legs could see him post some untouchable records across the board.
Not bad for a former sixth-round pick.
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