Why 41-Year-Old Tom Brady Still Has More to Play for in His NFL Career!
Tom Brady's NFL Accomplishments
- 6× Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVII, XXXVIII, XXXIX, LI, LIII)
- 4x Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, LI)
- 3x NFL Most Valuable Player (2007, 2010, 2017)
- 14x Pro Bowl (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009-2018)
- 3x First-team All-Pro (2007, 2010, 2017)
- 2x Second-team All-Pro (2005, 2016)
- 2x NFL Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010)
- NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2009)
- 3x NFL passing yards leader (2005, 2007, 2017)
- 4x NFL passing touchdowns leader (2002, 2007, 2010, 2015)
- 2x NFL passer rating leader (2007, 2010)
- Best TD-INT ratio in a single season: 28:2
- Most games won by a quarterback: 232
- Most Super Bowl wins by a quarterback: 5
- Most Super Bowl MVP awards: 4
- Most Super Bowl appearances: 9
- 6 TD passes thrown in a playoff game (tied with Steve Young)
- The largest comeback in super bowl history: 25 points (Super Bowl LI)
- 5 TD passes thrown in a single quarter (against Titans; 2009)
- Most passing yards in a single super bowl (505 yards; Super Bowl LII)
NFL career statistics (2001-2018):
Completion percentage: 64.0
Passing yards: 70,514
Passer rating: 97.6
Rushing yards: 1,003
Rushing touchdowns: 19
All-Time Regular Season Passing Yards
Tom Brady is currently ranked fourth for all-time passing yards in NFL history with 70,514 yards at the moment. Of course, he holds the record for most career total passing yards with the regular season and post-season yardage combined. However, Drew Brees is ranked first with 74,437 yards, Peyton Manning ranks second with 71,940 yards, and Brett Favre ranks third with 71,838 yards. Both Manning and Brady missed a full NFL season, due to season-ending injuries in their careers. While Brady has earned a multitude of accolades in his football career, there are still a few other records that he is more than capable of breaking next season.
Most Regular Season Touchdown Passes
Brady still has the record for most playoff touchdown passes with 73 touchdowns as of now. He also has the most Super Bowl touchdown passes thrown with 18 touchdowns in eight appearances. Having said all of this, his current TD-INT total is 517 TDs-171 INTs in 18 seasons starting at the quarterback position in the NFL. Brady ranks third on the all-time regular-season touchdown passes list behind Peyton Manning, who retired with 539 touchdowns, and Drew Brees, who currently has 520 touchdowns. If Brady throws at least 23 touchdowns in the 2019 season, he could potentially break the record for most touchdown passes in NFL history, depending on Brees' passing performance next season.
Most Pro Bowl Selections
If Brady wants to break the record for most career Pro Bowl selections in NFL history, he needs to keep playing at least one more season. There is currently a five-way tie for most Pro Bowl selections. Tom Brady has 14 (2000-2018), Tony Gonzalez retired with 14 (1997-2013), Peyton Manning retired with 14 (1998-2015), Bruce Matthews retired with 14 (1983-2001), and Merlin Olsen also had 14 (1962-1976). Brady is the only quarterback—let alone active player—with 14 Pro Bowl selections.
Most Career Total MVP Awards
In eighteen seasons, Tom Brady has three AP MVP awards, but he also has four more from Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX, and LI. In all, he has a total of seven different MVP awards won over the course of his professional football career. Peyton Manning won five AP MVP awards in 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2013 along with winning MVP in Super Bowl XLI, which put his career total at six. Both Johnny Unitas and Brett Favre retired with three AP MVP awards. If Brady and the Patriots win another Super Bowl, it is very likely that Brady will be selected to win his fifth Super Bowl MVP award. He already stands alone for most Super Bowl MVP awards. Arguably the greatest quarterback of all time might be in need of one more.
Most Super Bowl Rings For Any One Player
Although a cliché, it's true that records are made to be broken. While numbers in a record book can be set and broken at any given point in a player's career, championships last forever. Tom Brady currently has the record for most Super Bowl rings won by a player with six. He was previously tied with Charles Haley at five. Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, having won four Super Bowl rings, had legendary careers in the hard-hitting era of professional football. Troy Aikman won three rings with the Dallas Cowboys, while Bart Starr won five championships. This consisted of winning the NFL championships in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, and winning Super Bowls I and II. Otto Graham was a four-time AAFC champion from 1946 to 1949, and he won the NFL championships in 1950, 1954, and 1955.
However, Brady won his championships in the salary cap era of a 32-team league. Some NFL analysts in the future, if not now, may even argue that professional football throughout the 2000's and 2010's was watered down with quite a few below average teams, and petty rules added to the rule book. In each passing season, these new rules helped to cripple defenses. Despite what football enthusiasts feel about the modern NFL era, one thing is for sure, Brady winning his sixth Super Bowl ring in nine Super Bowl appearances is a once-in-a-generation achievement that possibly no other football player will ever accomplished. This record may never be broken in the future; the task is simply improbable. How many more Super Bowls could the Patriots win in this 21st century?
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