Who is the greatest quarterback of all time? It’s almost inarguable to consider anybody else other than the future hall of famer; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady has been to nine Super Bowls in his eighteen-year career and has won six of them. That means he’s literally been to a Super Bowl half the time and has won one one-third of the time in his career. Who else can compete with that? Nobody; he’s the GOAT.
But Tom Brady doesn’t always win outside of football because he just lost a copyright nickname battle. However, it’s probably the opposite of what you think it is.
If someone can compartmentalize their homerism out of the equation, most people will agree Tom Brady is the best quarterback of all time.
You might understandably get certain names like Dan Marino, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers or Joe Montana, but all of those solid choices pale in comparison to Brady’s career.
Two years ago in October 2017, the 42-year-old broke the most regular season wins, most postseason wins and most overall wins by a starting QB.
Most regular season wins by a starting QB.
Most postseason wins by a starting QB.
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— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 15, 2017
Despite the unparalleled success, Brady is a perfectionist. He also plays with a massive chip on his shoulder; he was drafted in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft, and during his senior season at Michigan, he was forced to split reps with young phenom Drew Henson.
Brady has far outpaced the six quarterbacks selected ahead of him in the draft. All of them have been out of the league for years, and one of them even became a goat farmer who lives off the grid.
He’s pretty much the definition of a living legend and it doesn’t look like the 42-year-old plans to retire anytime soon. Obnoxious ESPN “First Take” analyst, Max Kellerman, always said he would fall off a cliff by the age of 40, but he’s been to three Super Bowls in a row since that “prediction” was made and he’s won two.
There are a lot of adjectives to describe the Patriots quarterback. One of them is “terrific.”
On Thursday, the United Staes Patent and Trademark Office denied the future Hall of Fame QB’s application to trademark the term “Tom Terrific.” Brady applied for the trademark in late May, claiming that he wanted to own the moniker so he could stop people from calling him that.
However, the move drew immediate anger from Mets fans who had for decades applied the “Tom Terrific” nickname to legendary pitcher Tom Seaver. The USPTO agreed with Mets fans, “Tom Terrific” is Tom Seaver.
The USPTO said in a statement, “The applied-for mark consists of or includes matter which may falsely suggest a connection with Tom Seaver.”
Brady tried to explain why he wanted the nickname trademarked in June, “It’s unfortunate. I was actually to do something because i didn’t like the nickname. I wanted to make sure no one used it because some people wanted to use it. I was trying to keep people from using it. Then it got spun around to something different than what it was. Good lesson learned and I’ll try to do things a little differently in the future. I don’t like the nickname. I don’t like when people give me any nice compliments. Certainly that isn’t something I was trying to do out of any disrespect or anything like that.”
That’s actually pretty reasonable as to why and it’s the opposite of what you might’ve thought. Most people would’ve confused it as it being an incredibly arrogant view of himself; even if he is the best to ever throw the football.