Tom Brady has achieved quite a bit in 21 NFL seasons. Here’s a look back at several records that may never be broken.
Tom Brady’s seventh Super Bowl trophy in 10 attempts was just the latest crown jewel in his thickening Hall of Fame file.
And Sunday night’s performance in the Super Bowl spotlight might not be the last of his star-studded 21-year NFL career. Brady made it clear after winning his fifth Super Bowl MVP trophy that he’ll back for the 2021-22 season.
“Yeah, we’re coming back,” Brady said, a big smile on his face and the Lombardi Trophy by his side.
As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their 43-year-old quarterback savor the franchise’s Super Bowl victory over the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs, here’s a look back at 12 of TB12’s most remarkable achievements:
1. Super Bowl starts
As previously noted, Brady played in his 10th Super Bowl but his first for the Buccaneers. He’s now 19 years removed from his Super Sunday debut. It’s been 18 years since Tampa Bay won its first Lombardi Trophy. Brady has now appeared in half the Super Bowls over the past two decades. Context: No other player has appeared in more than six Super Bowls, and only one other quarterback (John Elway) has started five.
2. New management
Brady’s first season in Tampa Bay concluded with the Bucs becoming the first team to host a Super Bowl in their own stadium. Along the way, Brady became the first quarterback in club annals to win 11 regular-season games in one season. His 401 completions, 40 TD passes and 102.2 QB rating are all single-season team records. Context: We are talking Buccaneers history here … so let’s not pretend the bar was all that high.
3. League MVPs
Brady has won the regular-season award as NFL MVP three times (2007, 2010, 2017) – ironically, the Patriots failing to win the Super Bowl in any of those seasons and losing it at the end of the 2007 and 2017 campaigns. Context: Peyton Manning owns the record with five MVP awards. Aaron Rodgers joined Brady and Brett Favre on Saturday night as the only players to win it three times during the Super Bowl era.
4. Super Bowl MVPs
The best player on the NFL’s grandest stage? That’s been Brady five times, including the epic comeback he led against the Falcons in Super Bowl 51, the only time the game has gone into overtime. Context: Joe Montana was Super Bowl MVP three times. Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Eli Manning have been so honored twice.
5. Pro Bowls
Brady has been selected to the NFL’s version of the all-star team 14 times … even though he rarely bothered to show up for the game – and recently wasn’t able given the Pro Bowl is now in direct conflict with teams preparing for the Super Bowl. Context: Brady is one of five players in NFL history with 14 Pro Bowl nods, his most recent coming in 2018 – so still a chance he breaks this mark, too. Peyton Manning is the only other quarterback on this very short list.
It had been two years since Brady won his sixth ring with New England, giving him sole ownership of a sacred record – most Super Bowl wins by a player. He now has two more than the next closest ring holder: Hall of Fame pass rusher Charles Haley. Context: Hall of Fame QBs Bradshaw and Montana, who both won four Super Bowls – though their supporters will also note neither man ever lost on Super Sunday. The Brady truthers, meanwhile, are celebrating that TB12 surpassed his championship tie with Michael Jordan.