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Tuesday open thread: Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback of all time?


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After the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Twitter was plastered from top to bottom with the goat emoji. Tom Brady was immediately annointed the greatest quarterback of all time from fans, analysts and players across the league. Here is James Ihedigbo on Instagram:

@tombrady Congrats

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And Dan Orlovsky on Twitter:

It makes a lot of sense. With Brady’s fifth win, he set a record for Super Bowl wins by a quarterback. His fourth Super Bowl MVP award is also now an NFL record.

But Brady owes a lot to his teammates for those accomplishments, as Brady would be the first to tell you. Bill Belichick has been a mastermind at getting the most out of his talent and Brady is not immune from the Belichick touch.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Is Tom Brady the greatest quarterback of all time?

My answer: I’ve been on record—as recently as two weeks ago—as saying that Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback I’ve ever seen play. While I still hold this to be true, I’m having a harder and harder time keeping up that argument.

I do think Brady is getting a little more credit than he deserves for Belichick’s accomplishments, but Brady’s work undeniably stands up on its own. He owns the third best career passer rating of all time, and has done it for longer than the two passers ahead of him (Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson). He has the fourth-most passing touchdowns, the second-best TD/INT ratio and the most game-winning drives in the postseason.

Perhaps Brady’s biggest accomplishment is his ability to play at his best this late in his career. He is playing better than ever and that’s why while many expected Brady to consider retirement after winning his fifth title, the franchise quarterback isn’t even letting the thought enter his mind. Brady will be back in 2017, and the rest of the league will be at his mercy.

Your turn.

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