By Danny Cox
Tremendous Bowl LI may have the New England Patriots taking over the Atlanta Falcons in a match-up of the 2 greatest groups from the 2016 NFL season. That’s what occurs each season, however groups obtain greatness in several methods – robust protection, unimaginable operating again, superb teaching. Within the case of those two groups, it’s phenomenal passing offenses and two of the best sign-callers to ever play within the NFL.
Taking away his rookie season and 2008, Brady has performed in virtually each single recreation of every yr throughout his 17-yr skilled profession. In 2001, he performed in 15 of sixteen video games. This season, he missed the primary 4 video games of the season as a result of a suspension for the Deflategate debacle that dominated the headlines final yr. Even with these 4 video games lacking from his 2016 common season stats, Brady was nonetheless capable of put himself proper within the MVP race with none drawback in any respect.
Working example: He set a single-season report for greatest landing-to-interception ratio after throwing 28 touchdowns and simply two interceptions. Earlier than this season, his profession low for interceptions in a season the place he performed multiple recreation was again in 2010, when he threw solely 4. And 2016 marked the sixth common season through which Brady had single-digit interceptions whereas enjoying 12 or extra video games. Consider it or not, he didn’t have a single-digit interception season in his first eight years within the league.
That’s just a bit extra proof that he retains getting higher the older he will get.
Regardless of all the distractions from the previous season and his suspension this season, Brady didn’t permit these troubles to get in his head or hassle any of his teammates. You’ll be able to’t assist however see that each single participant on the Patriots feeds off of him and solely will get higher as a result of Brady is their chief. Brady is aware of how one can get the easiest out of his teammates.
Wanting again all through his profession, it’s arduous to doubt these statistics as greatness:
- Tremendous Bowl appearances – 7 (Together with Tremendous Bowl LI)
- Tremendous Bowl wins – four
- Tremendous Bowl MVP Awards – three
- NFL MVP Awards – 2 (2007, 2010)
- 5,000-yard passing seasons: 1
- four,000-yard passing seasons: eight
- three,000-yard passing seasons: 14
- Profession passing touchdowns – common season: 456
- Profession video games performed – common season: 237
- Profession completions – common season: 5,244
There’s a lot extra to Tom Brady than stats and numbers. He has introduced himself with class and dignity all through a really lengthy profession; he hasn’t stated…