Tom Brady of the New England Patriots recently added another honor to his long list of accolades. He was the number two ranked quarterback on the NFL 100 All-Time Team. It should come as no surprise, of course, that Brady was ranked highly. He’s one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in NFL history. Brady took the news in stride, though some might say his reaction represented something of a humblebrag.
Tom Brady’s career overview
Brady has truly had one of the greatest careers in NFL history. Coming out of the University of Michigan in 2000, Brady was a marginal prospect not expected to be a starter at the pro level. The Patriots selected him with a sixth-round pick. During his second year, he found himself thrust into starting duties after an injury to incumbent starter Drew Bledsoe.
From there, the rest is history. Brady has led the Patriots to nine Super Bowls, winning six of them. No NFL quarterback is even close to his total. The closest quarterback is Joe Montana with four wins and then Troy Aikman with three.
Brady struggled at times during the 2019 season, and as his free agency approaches, he may be in the midst of his last run in New England. But even if that’s true, what a run it’s been. It’s going to be a long time before a quarterback can equal Brady and the Patriots’ accomplishments over a nearly two-decade run of excellence.
Take a look at Tom Brady’s achievements over his storied career:
- 285 games played
- Win-loss record of 219-64
- 541 touchdowns
- 74,571 passing yards
- 179 interceptions
- Completed 63.8% of his passes
- 14-time Pro Bowl selection
- Three-time All-Pro selection
- Three-time MVP Award winner
- 2007 and 2010 Offensive Player of the Year
Brady and the NFL 100 All-Time Team
As part of the NFL’s 100th-anniversary celebration, the league is rolling our several activities to honor its history. One of those is naming its NFL 100 All-Time Team, a roster made up of the best players in league history. NFL.com describes the process this way:
“The process to select and celebrate the historic team began in early 2018 with the appointment of a 26-person blue-ribbon voting panel made up of coaches, team and front office executives, former players and members of the media with a deep appreciation for the history of the League, its teams and players, as well as a commitment to research.”
NFL Network host Rich Eisen, former wide receiver and current NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, and Brady’s head coach, Bill Belichick (who got emotional about his place on the NFL 100 team) discussing the selections on the NFL Network. Tom Brady was live in the studio when they unveiled the quarterback rankings, and it led to what might be a not-so-humble humblebrag.
Brady’s humblebrag after joining the NFL 100 Team
Tom Brady joined the NFL Network special to discuss his selection to the list. Here’s what Brady had to say about the honor:
“It was really cool. Very surreal for me to be part of that. It’s an incredible honor. And I know 100 years in the NFL, you can’t just name 100 great players, there’s thousands and thousands. To even be considered as one of the greats to play, I would never have imagined that in my life. Very honored and very flattered and very humbled.”
By pointing out that there are thousands and thousands of great players, Brady is indirectly pointing out how impressive it is that he was named the second-best quarterback ever. It comes off as a pretty big humblebrag.
In fairness to Tom Brady, though, can you really hold it against him? He has the resume to back up being able to brag a little bit. If anyone’s earned it, it’s No. 12.