Things that are self-evident, attract the least amount of attention.
Realities of greatness which are universally accepted, most often fail to generate their requisite praise.
So let’s not get lost in the finger-pointing, Dunce-cap-fitting, teeth gnashing blame-game of that final play tonight. Not yet.
First things first. Tom Brady, is an awesome quarterback.
Best of All Time? You are now free to make that argument, and it will be hard to knock you off that square of sports opinion.
Tom Brady has four rings, plus two more that were essentially stolen from him by impossible catches (Tyree and Manningham).
He engineered twin 4th quarter TD drives against a defense described as “Best on the Planet.” Nine and 10 play drives, that ended in “Must-Have” daggers for touchdowns.
Brady now has four rings with the following “who’s he?” list of WR’s.
2015 – Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell
2005/2004 – Deion Branch, Ernest Givens, Troy Brown
2002 – Brown, David Patten, and Charles Johnson
Sorry to say, but that whole list of dudes is a giant scrub-train on any other team, with any other quarterback.
The fact that Brady was so lightly regarded coming out of Michigan, that so many supposedly smart football people missed “it” on the guy – missed EVERYTHING, really – only buttresses the “Greatest of All Time” argument.
And he’s not done.
If that was my team, I’d buy him a really nice fancy toy to play with these golden years. See what you can get in terms of a WR in free agency, or use your arsenal of picks to go get one in the draft.
Montana had Dwight Clark, Freddie Solomon, John Taylor, and mediocre ballroom dancer, but unbelievable wideout in that guy named “Jerry.”
That should pretty much end any real argument if it’s Tom vs. Joe.