Tom Brady is widely regarded as the NFL’s GOAT, but given that he’s somehow still playing, he’s not yet in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Obviously, everyone knows Brady will enter the hall as soon as he’s eligible, but since he isn’t there yet, some fans, and even former players, like to have fun at his expense.
Of those who have joked about TB12’s Hall of Fame status is former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin, who trolled and praised Brady all in one tweet.
Tom Brady attended the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony
Many probably thought the first time Brady would attend the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony would be for his own induction. He instead went to support his former rival, who has become his good friend, Peyton Manning.
Manning recently entered the Hall of Fame after a legendary career that saw him win a record five MVPs. But as he entered it, he had his former nemesis in Brady sitting in his personal section.
“I’m not sure how my Colts teammates will handle that. But that means a lot, that he’s taking the time,” Manning joked on FOX before the big day, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Manning then took a shot at Brady during his speech.
“By the time Tom Brady is inducted in his first year of eligibility in the year 2035, he’ll only have time to post his acceptance speech on his Instagram account,” Manning said, per the NFL’s Twitter, while Brady received a loud chorus of boos from the crowd, which consisted of many Indianapolis Colts fans.
All in all, it was cool to see Brady celebrating Manning’s accomplishments. He, however, had more jokes thrown his way while in Canton, including one from Irvin.
Michael Irvin trolled and praised TB12 all in one tweet
Michael Irvin is a Hall of Famer himself. He earned five Pro Bowl selections and won three Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys while racking up 750 receptions for 11,904 receiving yards and 65 touchdown catches in his career.
Irvin was at the 2021 Hall of Fame ceremony and ran into Tom Brady. The two then took a picture together, and Irvin tweeted it along with the caption below.
“This young man [Tom Brady] was admiring my gold jacket. I told him he is NOT there yet, but if he keeps working hard and put a few more good seasons together. There may be a chance for him to get one of these jackets one day. #NeverGiveUp,” he tweeted.
Irvin’s post was hilarious and somewhat took a shot at the Buccaneers QB for not yet having a gold jacket. But it also essentially praised him because Irvin’s blatant sarcasm showed that he, like everyone else, knows Brady is a shoo-in for the hall.
TB12 has already cemented his legacy as a Hall of Fame quarterback.
Tom Brady’s GOAT status has made him a future Hall of Famer
Tom Brady’s resume is impeccable, as he has not only clinched a spot in the Hall of Fame, but he has earned the NFL GOAT title in the eyes of fans everywhere.
The 2000 sixth-round pick has the most Super Bowl rings (seven) of any player in NFL history. The next closest person is former Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers linebacker/defensive end Charles Haley, who won five. Brady has also played in three other Super Bowls and 14 total conference championship games.
His longevity, though, has also put him atop almost every major passing category. The three-time NFL MVP is No. 1 in NFL history in passing touchdowns with 581, first in pass attempts (10,598), second in completions (6,778), and second in passing yards (79,204).
If that’s not enough proof that Brady is a Hall of Famer, Pro Football Reference’s Hall of Fame Monitor, which estimates a player’s chances at making the hall, has him with the second-highest score of any quarterback in NFL history (252.34). The only quarterback to have a higher rating? Peyton Manning (257.70).
Tom Brady has easily become one of the most successful athletes of all time. All of his achievements and accolades will have him in a gold jacket alongside Manning and Irvin soon enough.
He just has to retire first.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference