What Winning Superbowl 46 means for Tom Brady’s Legacy

If Brady wins Super Bowl 46, he will then only be one Super Bowl victory behind all of Manning’s, Dan Marino’s, John Elway’s, Brett Favre’s, and Johnny Unitas’ victory total who all combine for 5 championships.

Tom Brady’s appearance in Sunday’s Super Bowl will tie him with John Elway for most Super Bowl appearances with five; a win will tie him with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana for the most Super Bowl wins of all time at four. Leading up to the game, with all the publicity and regardless of him remaining politically correct downplaying the magnitude of the game, a win will cement Tom Brady as the greatest Quarterback in NFL history.

Leading the New England Patriots to three championships in his first four seasons as a starter, Brady was able to create a mystique for himself, centered on his ability to rally his team back in late game situations. Throughout his career, his direct competition has been Peyton Manning, the comparison was drastic where Brady’s early statistics did not quite measure to Manning’s, but his winning percentage and Super Bowl success gave him leverage. Arguments against Brady were also that his team, more specifically the defence was superior to Manning’s Indianapolis Colts.

To say that Brady isn’t the pure passer that Manning has been, is now a false argument. Since Brady’s third Super Bowl win in 2004-2005, his stellar play has quieted detractors. His individual statistics have seen greater improvement, including 2 NFL MVP awards, the single season record for touchdown passes with 50, a comeback player of the year award, 5 Pro Bowls, and 2 First Team All-Pro selections.

For Brady to be the greatest quarterback of all time it is more than winning trophies; it’s about his performance on the field. The notion that Brady is protected by a great defence is false. This past season the Patriots finished number 31 out of 32 teams for total yards allowed per game, yet Brady is leading them to the Super Bowl. His statistics for this season were a massive 5,235 yards, 39 touchdowns against just 12 interceptions.

Brady’s two MVP seasons were also after his last Super Bowl win. The first, in 2007 when he score 50 TDs, against only 8 interceptions, 4, 806 yards thrown and a perfect regular season and Super Bowl appearance, and last season when he threw 36 TDs against 4 interceptions and 3900 yards leading the patriots to 14 wins. For his career, Brady stands at 300 touchdowns, 115 interceptions and 39979 yards passing. When his statistics compared to the other great winning quarterbacks, Bradshaw and Montana, there is no competition, Brady is superior.

Montana’s best season was his 1989 MVP campaign where he tallied 26 TDs, 8 interceptions and just 3521 yards thrown, 1483 of those yards, and 17 of those TDs to the greatest Wide Receiver in history Jerry Rice. Montana’s career ended with 273 touchdowns and 139 interceptions and 40551 yards thrown. Bradshaw’s finest season was his 1978 MVP campaign where he threw 28 TDs, to go with “just” 20 interceptions and 2915 yards passing. Bradshaw finished his career with 212 Touchdowns against 210 interceptions and 27989 passing yards.

Winning Super Bowl 46 will only add to the greatest resume of credentials needed to determine his QB leadership and talent: multiple MVPs, records, all time statistics, and most importantly the rings. If Brady wins Super Bowl 46, he will then only be one Super Bowl victory behind all of Manning’s, Dan Marino’s, John Elway’s, Brett Favre’s, and Johnny Unitas’ victory total who all combine for 5 championships.

Brady still only statistically trails Favre (career: 508 TDs, 336 interceptions, 71838 yards, 1 Super Bowl) and Manning (399 TDs, 198 interceptions, 54828 yards, 1 Super Bowl) it is not guaranteed that he will surpass their marks, but that still won’t hurt his legacy, after all Michael Jordan isn’t even the NBA’s all time highest scorer, but he is the undisputed greatest, as will Brady be if he wins Super Bowl 46.

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