Tom Brady’s brilliant NFL career, secures him enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. — and he’s not finished yet, or is he? Sure, he will continue to pad his statistics before entrance into the Hall of Fame, but will he lead his New England Patriots to another Super Bowl? And win? My thinking is that he still can.
Brady’s NFL accomplishments are impressive. In Brady’s eleven seasons as a starter (remember that he was injured all of the 2008 season), the Patriots have earned trips to the Super Bowl in five of them, winning three. He has also won two Super Bowl MVP awards, has been selected to eight Pro Bowls, and holds the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a single regular season (50). His career postseason record is 17–7; his playoff win total is the highest in NFL history. He has helped set the record for the longest consecutive win streak in NFL history with 21 straight wins over two seasons (2003–04), and in 2007 he led the Patriots to the first undefeated regular season since the institution of the 16-game schedule. Brady has the third highest career passer rating of all time (96.6) among quarterbacks with at least 1,500 career passing attempts. In 2012, Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to 10 division titles.
Brady was also awarded a new contract after the 2012 NFL season. On February 25, 2013, Brady and the Patriots agreed on a three-year contract extension, which will keep him with the team through 2017. Brady will turn 36 on August 3rd. Which means that the Patriots have him signed through the ripe age of 40 (which is considered old in the NFL). You can pretty much guarantee that Brady will retire a New England Patriot, but you never know. Didn’t we say that same thing a few years ago about Brett Favre retiring as a Green Bay Packer and most recently, Peyton Manning retiring as an Indianapolis Colt?
Tom Brady is not finished yet. With all his accomplishments, Brady is a winner and he wants to win. He is a product of a winning system.
Never mind that the Patriots lost the last two Super Bowls they appeared in with almost the same results; with game winning drives in the last minutes by the New York Giants.
Never mind that the Patriots lost two gifted players during the off season in Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez that Brady throws the football to.
Never mind that the Patriots’ defense has been suspect and has been rebuilding as of late.
The difference is that Brady is the perfect quarterback for Coach Bill Belichick’s system. They are the best coach and quarterback duo in the NFL and have been since Brady became a starter when Drew Bledsoe went down with a season-ending injury in the 2001 season. It has been said that Brady dissects opposing defenses with his perfect timing throws. It helps when you have a head coach that prepares diligently for opponents, week in and week out.
So, will Tom Brady win another Super Bowl? It would be silly to count him out, now wouldn’t it? Stay tuned.