Upon winning his seventh Super Bowl in February of 2021, people have been posing the question of if Tom Brady is truly the greatest of all time, or the G.O.A.T. To that I say, have you people lost your mind?! Tom Brady will never be the greatest athlete of all time, and for a variety of different reasons both within and outside of the sport that he plays.
Tom Brady is forty-three years old. In November of 2019, Tom Brady’s trainer, Alex Guerrero, said, “We talk about it all the time. Every year he just adds another year. He goes in and he’s like, ‘Guys, I feel so good still…I think I can go like 46 or 47.” Theoretically, this gives Brady an opportunity to play and win three or four more Super Bowls which could bring his ring total up to an impressive eleven rings.
This certainly has G.O.A.T. written all over it and is a great accomplishment…but only in the sport of football until eventually someone else beats that record. This same line of thought can be applied to most of the records Brady currently holds. As time progresses, it is likely that someone else such as Patrick Mahomes or Joe Burrow eventually breaks Brady’s records making them not as significant.
However, let’s give Brady the benefit of the doubt. Let’s say no one is ever able to beat the current amount of Super Bowl wins, playoff wins, division titles, Super Bowl MVPS, etcetera that Brady has accomplished over his career. This still leads to the debate of if Brady is even the greatest football player of all time with competitors such as Jerry Rice, Lawrence Taylor, and Jim Brown.
Now, if you look at the debate outside of football, which does not have a professional league in every country, Brady still falls short of being the G.O.A.T. This puts Tom Brady on the same platform as Muhammad Ali, Simone Biles, Bo Jackson, Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps, Serena Williams, Babe Ruth, and more which frankly he cannot compete against.
These are athletes who have played on a world stage, have created new moves in their sports, have multiple titles, have won championships while pregnant, affected the marketability of their sports, have no scandals, have played in the pros of multiple sports, and more. While Tom Brady may be one of the greatest, he is not the greatest. Give Tom Brady his flowers for all of his accomplishments but not the flowers he did not water.