The subject of "who's the greatest quarterback of all-time" is always a touchy one. How do you REALLY decide who the best is? Is it by numbers alone? Championships won? Some sort of combination of the two? How to decide is up for debate in itself.
However, if you look at it from the stand point of combination of the two, than the numbers and rings don't lie. We're currently living in the era of the greatest quarterback of all-time, and that's Tom Brady.
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I know the first person people will argue FOR is Peyton Manning. Well let's eliminate him right off the bat.
Brady's career passer rating is 95.2, while Manning's is 94.9. Brady's career playoff record is 14-5, including 10-0 his first 10 postseason starts, which is the longest quarterback postseason winning streak in history. Manning's postseason record? How about 9-10. Sorry, I can't put someone with a career LOSING postseason record down as the greatest of all-time. To be honest, I don't see how ANYONE can.
Another person bound to be thrown into the conversation is one Joe Montana.
If ever anyone had the credentials to be called the greatest ever, it's him. A career passer rating of 92.3, career playoff record of 16-7 and a perfect 4-0 record in the Super Bowl.
My argument against Montana would be this: He had more to work with in San Francisco than Brady in New England. Montana played with the likes of Hall of Famers such as Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott.
Besides a few seasons with Randy Moss, who on New England the last ten seasons is a sure fire Hall of Famer? No one. Brady has had less to work with and done more with it than any quarterback in history.
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In 2007, on his way to his first MVP award, he threw a record 50 touchdown passes, with only 8 interceptions, to go along with his 4,806 yards passing, 69% completion percentage and passer rating of 117.2, which is the 2nd highest single season rating of all-time.
While his 2010 numbers aren't as high, they may be just as impressive.
In gaining his second MVP award, Brady passed for 3,900 yards, with 36 touchdown passes to only 4 picks, and a passer rating of 111.0. The most impressive number of Brady's 2010 season however, is his NFL record 335 consecutive pass attempts (and counting) without an interception. A record that's sure to stand for some time.
One may argue that Brady's productivity is enhanced due to the fact that he's played for one of the greatest coaches of all time in Bill Belichick. Well not so fast there, my friend. A closer look into the numbers may show that it's in fact BRADY that's made Belichick, not the other way around.
Counting the postseason, Belichick has a career record of 176-100. However, his record WITHOUT Tom Brady as his starting quarterback is an abysmal 52-62. He had two winning seasons out of the seven he coached, and won ONE playoff game.
Since Brady became his starter in 2001, and not counting the 2008 season Brady missed all of due to injury, the Patriots have made the playoffs every year but one and have NEVER had a losing record.
Now, I'm not saying Belichick isn't a good coach, but the numbers don't lie. To say Belichick is more important to New England's success than Brady would just be flat out ridiculous, because he's not.
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Brady already has the credentials to be called the best ever. What's the essence of greatness? How about WINNING. No one, past or present, has ever done that as well as Tom Brady. Furthermore, at only 33 years of age, you can be sure there's still plenty more of that yet to come.
So run along and tell a friend, in case they don't already know yet. Tom Brady is the best quarterback…EVER.
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