Tom Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl this season in his first campaign with the team. The Bucs defeated Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 by a final score of 31-9.
The greatest quarterback in NFL history, Brady is now a seven-time champion and five-time Super Bowl MVP. Surprisingly, the future Hall of Famer wants to keep playing, and it’s preventing former NBA superstar Charles Barkley from witnessing one of the most incredible things he’s ever seen in his life.
Charles Barkley has Tom Brady as the GOAT over Michael Jordan
Charles Barkley will always pick Michael Jordan as his basketball GOAT. However, the 11-time NBA All-Star believes Tom Brady is the “greatest of all time” in any sport after winning his seventh ring.
“It’s hard for me to put anybody above Michael, but Michael was always gonna be the best player four out of seven games,” Barkley said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, via TMZ. “But, the difference is every time Tom Brady played a football game, it was a Game 7. I never had thought about it like that. I mean, you think about that. Every football game in the playoffs is a Game 7.”
Once the NFL playoffs begin, one loss and you are out. Meanwhile, the NBA playoffs are best out of seven.
Tom Brady has been under more pressure to win than Michael Jordan in the NFL postseason since he can’t afford to lose any games. His seven championships are the most by a player in league history, as no other NFL player has more than five.
With the Chicago Bulls in the ’90s, Jordan won six NBA titles. He went 6-0 in the Finals and won all six Finals MVPs. MJ led the Bulls to two three-peats and is universally recognized as the best basketball player of all time.
Michael Jordan briefly retired two times before officially calling it a career in 2003. Many people, including Charles Barkley, thought Tom Brady would retire after winning Super Bowl 55 over the Chiefs, but the three-time MVP will be back in 2021, and Barkley can’t believe it.
Charles Barkley “can’t believe” Tom Brady isn’t retiring
To win his seventh ring, Tom Brady had to defeat Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes. Charles Barkley, who never won a title during his stellar NBA career, thinks Brady should have retired after completing a historic playoff run.
“I can’t believe he’s not retired, I’m not gon’ lie,” Barkley said. “Because if you do what he just did, beat Drew Brees in New Orleans, beat Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field, and then beat Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl, that would be the greatest ‘drop the mic’ ever in sports. That would be the greatest mic drop in the history of civilization. That’s how cool that would be—to beat those three guys and walk away on No. 7, that would be one of the greatest things I’ve ever seen in my life.”
It would have been remarkable to watch Brady ride off into the sunset after winning his seventh Super Bowl. However, knowing the type of competitor he is, Brady probably wants to win three more rings so he can have 10 Super Bowls under his belt.
Michael Jordan will always be revered for going 6-0 in the Finals and winning six championships in an eight-year span with the Bulls. However, Charles Barkley believes what Tom Brady has accomplished with the New England Patriots and Buccaneers is more impressive since each game in the NFL playoffs is like a Game 7 in the NBA postseason.
Can the Buccaneers repeat as champions in 2021?
Tom Brady has won back-to-back Super Bowls once in his career. He’ll look to do it again in 2021.
The Buccaneers’ 2021 schedule features home games against the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, and New York Giants.
Brady and Co. will take on the Falcons, Panthers, LA Rams, Patriots, Saints, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Football Team on the road.