The GOAT is getting the backing of another GOAT. As Tom Brady, owner of six Super Bowl titles, gets ready to try and claim his seventh, he’ll have another GOAT cheering him on. Mario Andretti, arguably the greatest auto racer in history, told Sportscasting he’s pulling for Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because he loves Brady’s drive, no pun intended.
Mario Andretti’s illustrious racing career
Mario Andretti’s racing career spanned five decades. Like Tom Brady has done in football, Andretti has put together arguably the greatest resume in the motorsports world. Andretti is the lone person to be named United States Driver of the Year in three decades. He accomplished the feat by winning the awards in 1967, 1978, and 1984.
Like Brady, Andretti is a winner. Andretti, who began his career in the early 1960s, has won many on different levels. He’s claimed the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500, the Formula 1 World Championship, and the Pikes Peak Hillclimb. Andretti captured the Indy Car National Championship four times.
Whether it’s sports cars, stock cars, or sprint cars, Andretti has always won. He took the checkered flag 111 times in his career. In January of 2000, The Associated Press named Andretti the Driver of the Century.
Tom Brady looks to add to his resume
If Tom Brady retired before the 2020 season, he would’ve gone down as the best ever to play quarterback in the NFL. He might not be the most talented or athletically gifted quarterback, but he finds a way to win. Brady looks to add to his extensive resume on Feb. 7 when he seeks his seventh Super Bowl title. The Bucs take on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55.
Brady spent the first 20 years of his career in New England playing for Bill Belichick. He got his break when starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe went down with an injury and Brady took full advantage. He made his mark against the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl 36. The Rams entered as two-touchdown favorites, but the Patriots went on to win 20-17 on a late Adam Vinatieri field goal.
Brady will be making his 10th Super Bowl start. No other quarterback has ever made more than five starts. According to Sports Illustrated, Brady has played in more conference championships than 26 franchises.
Mario Andretti is pulling for Tom Brady
One GOAT is pulling for the other. Mario Andretti said he’s rooting for Tom Brady to earn his seventh Super Bowl ring. Andretti said he knows there will be those out there rooting against Brady because of his previous success. Andretti felt that during his racing days.
“A lot of people like the underdog,” Andretti told Sportscasting. “I liked it when people weren’t cheering for me. There was a period when things were going good for me. When they weren’t cheering for me, it meant I was doing something good. I see it happening now with Lewis Hamilton. People are praying for him to lose.”
Andretti said he loves Brady’s drive and he feels like Brady has something to prove by winning a title with a new team. “He made Belichick the GOAT of coaches, but (Belichick) couldn’t get it done this year,” Andretti said. “I love Brady’s drive. He loves to be out there. He’s brought (the Buccaneers) to prominence.”