Whenever Steph Curry lines up an open 3-pointer for the Golden State Warriors, everyone watching is fairly convinced that it’s going in. After all, Curry is widely considered the greatest shooter in NBA history.
The same confidence also applies to Tom Brady and Super Bowls. During his epic career with the New England Patriots, it was almost shocking whenever Brady failed to reach the Super Bowl in a given year. Brady just made history by reaching his 10th career NFL championship game, and it’s now officially more likely for him to reach the Super Bowl than it is for Steph Curry to make a 3-pointer in an NBA game.
Tom Brady is on his way to a 10th Super Bowl
The goal for most NFL players is to win a Super Bowl at some point during their career, but a majority of players never even get to know how it feels to play in one. One Super Bowl appearance is a dream come true. Two is a fantastic bonus. Three is rarified air.
But 10? Ten is simply unheard of. Well, until now.
Thomas Edward Brady, the winningest quarterback in NFL history, is on his way to a record 10th Super Bowl appearance, this time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady led his new team to a 31-26 win over the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field Sunday to punch his ticket to Super Bowl 55.
There, he will face off against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. The last time these two QBs met in the playoffs Brady got the best of the young superstar to reach his ninth career Super Bowl.
Tom Brady’s reaches the Super Bowl 47.6% of the time
It’s hard to comprehend just how special Tom Brady’s NFL career has been. So, we’ll let the numbers do it for us.
Brady is on his way to a record 10th Super Bowl appearance in his 21st season as a pro. That means he’s reached the title game in 47.6% of his seasons played in the NFL.
When he suits up to play in Super Bowl 55 next month, Brady will have played in 18.2% of all Super Bowls ever played. And he wasn’t even alive for 10 of them. The future Hall of Famer now has more Super Bowl appearances than 31 NFL franchises.
Brady also has more than double the number of playoff wins (33) as Joe Montana (16), who’s in second place on the all-time list.
Tom Brady is more likely to reach the Super Bowl than Steph Curry is to make a 3-pointer
One incredible stat that puts Brady’s NFL career in perspective actually involves the NBA. Steph Curry, who’s already considered the greatest shooter to ever live, has made 43.3% of his 3-pointers throughout his career. But amazingly, Brady is more likely to reach the Super Bowl in a given season (47.6%) than Curry is to make a three during an NBA game.
Historic doesn’t even do Brady’s career justice.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference