Tom Brady has guided the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl appearance in almost two decades. Brady has a golden opportunity to earn his seventh win on that stage. However, the Buccaneers’ star quarterback still can’t shake two painful losses in his stellar NFL career.
Tom Brady headed to his 10th Super Bowl
In his first season with the Buccaneers, Tom Brady has more than met the high expectations.
There were moments the team struggled with adjustments, but Tampa Bay buckled down and is playing their best football of the campaign in the playoffs. Brady has been the guiding force for the franchise that has them a win away from securing their second Vince Lombardi trophy.
The feat of reaching Super Bowl 55 has further Brady separated him in NFL history. Beyond it being his 10th career appearance on that stage, he’s only the third quarterback to play a Super Bowl in three different decades, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Brady has accomplished it all throughout his Hall of Fame career, but there are two losses that he can’t move past.
Tom Brady still can’t shake two losses in his NFL career
Tom Brady has experienced a tremendous amount of success throughout his career.
The 43-year-old has cemented his argument as possibly the greatest quarterback in league history. Despite all that triumph, Brady has two losses in his illustrious NFL resume that still he can’t move past.
Former New York Giants quarterback Eli recently voiced to the New York Post that any time he speaks with Brady, the future first-ballot Hall of Famer can’t help but bring up the two Super Bowl losses.
“It’s one of those things, it’s not something I ever say or ever think a lot about,” Manning told The Post on Tuesday. “I’ve been around Tom numerous times, and I’ve never brought up a Super Bowl or our games versus them. He actually brings it up. It still bothers him a little bit, especially the ’07 one when they had the chance to go down as the greatest team of all time.”
The loss in Super Bowl 42 still stings Brady quite a bit, given that the Patriots had the opportunity to finish the season undefeated. Manning’s poise under pressure guided the Giants to the upset win, which he followed that pattern again in Super Bowl 2012.
Manning hasn’t been one to boast about the two Super Bowl wins over Brady in the years since. It remains quite evident that the Buccaneers’ star quarterback hasn’t forgotten the disappointment from those losses.
Opportunity to add to his legacy ahead
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Tom Brady may never mentally move past those two Super Bowl losses to Eli Manning, but he has an opportunity in front of him to add to his legacy.
Brady can earn his seventh Super Bowl win that would create even more separation from his peers. There are still those that argue that Joe Montana holds the GOAT quarterback mantel, but another Super Bowl win would move the discussion even more favorably toward Brady.
The 43-year-old is proving to be an ageless wonder, with his fourth Super Bowl appearance in the last five years. He has three losses on this stage, but it’s fair to argue that those losses only further fueled him to find more success.
The defeats are still heart wrenching for Brady, but he continues to amaze behind his unmatched path in NFL history.