Legacy is something that has to be built with decades of dedication and relentlessness. It cannot be taken away in a singular moment. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a legacy unrivaled by any other player to ever take a snap in the NFL. This last Super Bowl loss does not tarnish that. Especially since it was not even Brady’s fault.
After the Patriot’s Sunday night Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, there has been a lot of controversy about the credibility of Brady’s legacy, and if he is in fact the greatest of all time. The answer should be obvious, Tom Brady is the greatest of all time, and his legacy was not impacted by this, his third, Super Bowl loss.
Brady played well enough to win that game. The guy put up over 500 yards and three touchdowns. There is never going to be anyone quite like Brady. He has carried a chip on his shoulder ever since entering the league drafted last in his quarterback class. Overlooked by all and trusted by few, Brady is a classic underdog story; except this underdog turned into the G.O.A.T. The greatest of all time.
Brady’s legacy got to where it is today because of his dedication and the love he has for the sport. All Brady wanted to do was to master his craft and become the Merlin of football. Nobody worked harder, played harder, or has ever been as clutch as Brady has been in his career with the New England Patriots.
Let’s talk about Brady’s legacy. This guy was beaten down by scouts and coaches his entire career, and yet he rose to be the Goliath he is today. His legacy has been ingrained into the souls of every single Pats fan that has watched him play. Nobody will forget who Brady is, nor will people forget what he did in ’01, ’03, ’04, ’15, ’17. He has more Super Bowl titles than any other starting quarterback in NFL history.
It doesn’t come down to athleticism or sheer strength. It comes down to his devotion towards perfecting his craft. It comes down to his willingness to never give up until the last second of the game. It comes down to being a leader. That is Brady’s legacy.
He has put himself into the Rushmore of G.O.A.T.s, along with Muhammad Ali, Wayne Gretzky, and Michael Jordan. All these guys share the trait of grit and determination. They are the greatest because they are willing to sacrifice everything for being victorious on the field, rink, ring and court.
Nothing can stop people like this, and Brady is certainly not slowing down. He just won the NFL’s MVP at the age of 40. He has made it to back to back Super Bowls for the second time in his career, making a grand total of eight Super Bowl appearances. He’s won five of them. There’s a reason for all this.
No Super Bowl loss to the Eagles can discredit or divert any of this. Football is a team game, but the defense is primarily the one to blame for this loss. Brady did all that he could; for that reason, this Super Bowl isn’t going to be remembered as the falling out of the G.O.A.T., but as the victory of a tactically sound and impressive Eagles team that shocked the nation.