Is Tom Brady the GOAT?
Now that Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Tom Brady has won his seventh Super Bowl at the age of 43, most people are ready to call him the greatest athlete of all time.
One person that isn’t ready to crown Brady just yet is former New York Giants’ general manager Ernie Accorsi.
“I still say Russell is the pinnacle, but Tom’s right there,” Accorsi told the Boston Globe. “We react to every little thing today in the sports world, but what just happened with Tom and the Bucs will stand the test of history. This is not going to go away. When I came into the NFL 50 years ago, if you told me some quarterback was going to win seven Super Bowls, I would have said that was not possible.
“I do think Tom belongs in the conversation. He’s taught the Bucs how to win, and that’s the most underrated aspect of sports. It’s something you can’t define. Brady walked into their room and brought instant respect. Then you have to prove yourself, and he did it every day. It’s authentic. He’s going to go down in history. But in this argument, I still say it’s Russell.”
Russell of course won 11 NBA titles with the Boston Celtics between 1957 and 1969, which is why it’s easy to forget that Brady doesn’t have the most championships of any pro athlete. It might seem like it because we’re all prisoners of the moment, but Russell had a better career.
On the flipside, no NFL team has won seven Super Bowls. Also the fact that Brady is winning championships at the age 43 is amazing. So I would still pick him over Russell and say he’s the greatest of all time.