Tampa Bay Buccaneers star quarterback Tom Brady sits several months removed from winning his seventh Super Bowl. However, it hasn’t stopped Brady from airing his gripes with how his free agency process unfolded. It’s all led him to finally come forth concerning where he believes he stands in NFL history.
Tom Brady leads the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl
For the first time in Brady‘s illustrious NFL career, he played for another franchise aside from the New England Patriots.
The new path began with some bumpy stretches through the first half of the 2020 campaign. However, Tampa Bay hit its stride in the final month of the regular season, followed by securing three straight playoff road wins to earn a Super Bowl berth.
Brady and the Buccaneers’ defense breezed past the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs to win the second Super Bowl in franchise history. With the impressive campaign behind the future Hall of Famer, he finally came clean regarding his place is in NFL history.
Tom Brady admits his honest feelings about his NFL legacy: ‘You get a chance to have Michael Jordan on your team’
Brady created a firestorm of dialogue around his free agency experience last month after blasting an anonymous NFL team for choosing to stick with another quarterback over him.
Since then, he hasn’t revealed which franchise chose to pass him over in free agency. During a recent interview with Jim Gray via SiriusXM Radio, he doubled down on his previous comments by stating he remains baffled that any team would pass up adding an all-time great.
“It would be a no-brainer if you said, ‘Hey, you’ve got a chance to get Wayne Gretzky on your team,’ or ‘You get a chance to have Michael Jordan on your team,'” Brady said. “‘Ahh, we don’t need him. No thanks, we’re good.’ In my mind, I’m kind of thinking, okay, let me go show those teams what they’re missing. And at the same time, let me go prove to the team that did bet on me, and the team that really showed that they really wanted me and committed to me, that I’m not going to let them down.”
Brady isn’t one to boast publicly about his ability or place in league history, but these comments definitively outline that he believes he’s arguably the GOAT in NFL history. Keep in mind, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky are considered that in their respective sports.
Although it’s a bit braggadocious to speak in that manner, Brady’s resume speaks for itself as one no other players comes close to him in terms of championship success. All those factors considered leave the 43-year-old stumped regarding why any team would choose to stick with another quarterback over him.
Nonetheless, Brady is in a spot where he can continue to contend for more Super Bowls while proving those other franchises wrong.
Buccaneers hold a bright future ahead
Although Brady remains puzzled as to why any team would pass him up, he sits in a situation where he can vie for more Super Bowls.
Tampa Bay went through an impressive offseason highlighted by retaining all of its big-name free agents. The front office managed to re-sign Chris Godwin, LaVonte David, Ndamukong Suh, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, and Leonard Fournette.
Meanwhile, Brady is progressing steadily toward a full recovery offseason knee surgery. The 43-year-old also has an entire offseason to build more comfort with the playbook. In other words, the pieces are in place for the Buccaneers to make another strong push toward the Super Bowl.