We have been hearing how Tom Brady may be the greatest quarterback of all time. There are many factors that play into this. For example, Brady has a chance to win his 5th Super Bowl title, in seven appearances. He’s going strong after 16 years in the league. He’s been unstoppable except against Tom Coughlin’s Giants, and to a lesser degree, the Denver Broncos. Brady has won consistently across the years, with, other than Randy Moss and Rob Gronkowski, a collection of below par receivers.
BSP as always looks back into history. We believe the greatest QB of all time is “Automatic” Otto Graham. Graham won his league’s championship 7 out of 10 tries. He played in his league’s title game 10 consecutive years. He set some records that still stand today, like highest yards per average attempt. Pro football was a different sport back then. A quarterback was one out of 11 players on the field, not someone who got a special level of protection. There were no “Graham rules.”
On top of that, Graham also won a title playing professional basketball, one of only two players to win a title in two different professional sports. Too bad, Deion Sanders.
There are a few players who stood out back then, players before their time. Don Hutson, the receiver who caught more touchdown passes some seasons than entire NFL teams. Of course, Jim Brown before he became an elderly kook who hates on civil rights activists.
Tom Brady? The greatest quarterback of the Super Bowl era. Certainly the greatest one I’ve seen play, except he can be judged as something of a system QB. After all, Matt Cassel won in New England, and Jimmy Garapolo showed signs of success there. Here at BSP, we like Tom Brady, despite winning a title as a result of one of the top 10 most horrific calls of all time. In our tradition of happiness through bitterness, he’s kept the Broncos from winning multiple titles. We might even run out a Super Bowl prediction today.