The sobriquet “legend” is one that is thrown around with almost casual regularity these days. But in the case of a certain Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr, it is a title that is absolutely appropriate. Brady is widely acknowledged to be the best quarterback in NFL history, and the statistics back that up.
He has the most wins of any starting quarterback at 255, and that is just one of an incredible 54 NFL records he holds. Of course, the really astonishing part is that he is not done yet, having signed a $50 million deal that will see him leading the way with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the next two seasons. You might think Brady has nothing left to prove, but that is not quite the case.
Break the Super Bowl curse
Brady’s six Super Bowl wins are a record that is unlikely to be eclipsed any time soon. But a seventh would have extra special meaning. No Super Bowl host has ever seen its own team in the showpiece event. Winning the Super Bowl on home turf would break a curse that goes back more than 50 years, and Brady will have his one and only opportunity to do it this season when the Super Bowl is played at Tampa Stadium. Not so long ago, the idea of the Bucs winning the Super Bowl would have been a joke. Right now, though, the ComeOn sportsbook (www.comeon.com) has them fourth favorite at 11/1. That’s several places higher than the Patriots, who are a 20/1 shot.
Overtake Favre’s appearances
While Brady holds practically all the postseason records you can think of, there are still some regular season targets that he has yet to reach. Empires seemed to rise and fall while Brett Favre’s career went on and on. When he finally called time after 20 seasons, he had started in a record 298 games. Brady is currently on 281, so if he stays fit and sees out his two seasons at Tampa, he ought to finish well clear in the 300s.
Beat Brees in the air
Last season, both Brady and Drew Brees swept past Peyton Manning’s record of 539 regular season passing touchdowns. Right now, Brees is on 547 and Brady is just six behind him. With both players looking determined to play on into their dotage, there is no telling how this one will play out.
It is a similar story when it comes to passing yards. Again, Manning’s record has recently been trampled by both Brady and Brees. But here, Brees holds a more comfortable lead with 77,416 yards compared with 74,571 for Brady. Assuming he passes around 4,000 yards per season, that effectively means that Brady will most likely need to play for another year after Brees retires if he is to snatch the record. Given that Brees is the younger by more than a year, that seems a long shot – but where Tom Brady is concerned, it would be foolhardy to rule anything out.