Tom Brady announced his retirement from the NFL this week, and it's likely no other NFL player will match the success he had. After spending 20 seasons with the New England Patriots and two with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Brady is moving on to another chapter in his life. Brady made this decision shortly after the Buccaneers lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round of the playoffs.
"This is difficult for me to write, but here it goes: I am not going to make that competitive commitment anymore. I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention," Brady wrote. "I've done a lot of reflecting the past week and have asked myself difficult questions. And I am so proud of what we have achieved. My teammates, coaches, fellow competitors, and fans deserve 100% of me, but right now, it's best I leave the field of play to the next generation of dedicated and committed athletes." Brady will be a unanimous decision to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But here's a look at why many NFL and sports fans call him the GOAT.
10 Super Bowls
Reaching one Super Bowl is hard. But with Brady reaching the Super Bowl ten times, he's making it look too easy. And the thing is Brady has been the starting quarterback in all ten games. No other player in NFL history has appeared in more than six, according to USA Today.prevnext
5 Super Bowl MVPs
And not only has Brady been to the Super Bowl in what will be ten times, but he's also performed well in the big games. Brady is the only NFL player to be named Super Bowl MVP five times. Joe Montana has won the award three times while Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Eli Manning have won it twice.prevnext
Brady has won the regular-season MVP award three times. Peyton Manning has the record with five, but Brady is tied with Brett Favre for the second-most in NFL history. The interesting thing about this is Brady didn't win the Super Bowl win he won the MVP award.prevnext
Seven Super Bowl Titles
This is the top stat for people when talking about Brady. Most players will be happy with one Super Bowl win. That is not the case for Brady as he has seven Super Bowl rings. Former NFL defensive end Charles Haley is the only player close to Brady in rings as he has five.prevnext
14 Conference Championships
What might be a more amazing stat than the 10 Super Bowl appearances is being in the conference championship 14 times. According to USA Today, Joe Montana has the second-most conference titles appearances with seven.prevnext
Some will argue that quarterback wins aren't a stat. But Brady has won 243 games in the regular season and 34 games in the playoffs as a starter. Brett Favre and Manning and tied for second in regular-season wins (186) while Montana ranks second in postseason victories (16).prevnext
Buccaneers Regular Season Records
In Brady's first year with the Buccaneers, he set the franchise regular-season record for completions (401), touchdown passes (40) and quarterback rating (102.2). This past season, Brady broke his completion record (485) TD record (43) and now holds the Buccaneers single-season passing yards record (5,316).prev