Five Super Bowl victories is an unfathomable feat, which is why no quarterback had ever done it. Greats like Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman all succeeded at incomprehensible levels, but never won five Super Bowls. That changed when a former sixth-round pick led his team to the biggest comeback in the game’s history and solidified his status not among, but above anyone who has ever played the game. With his fifth Lombardi trophy, Tom Brady is now the Michael Jordan of football; he is undisputedly the player in the history of his sport.
After a lackluster start, Brady reeled New England back into a game they had no business being in. As he began shredding the Falcons’ defense in the fourth quarter, it almost felt like Atlanta’s nineteen-point lead meant nothing. Why? Because no matter what the situation is, Tom Brady always gives his team a chance to win.
It is what the great ones do and exactly what Brady did; in spite of his first half struggles, Atlanta’s hot defense, and a hefty deficit, Brady sure enough gave his team a chance to win the game. All New England needed was a chance, for after forcing overtime, Super Bowl LI was a whole new ballgame, and with Brady on their side, they knew it was then theirs to lose.
Whether you love or hate Brady and the Patriots, football fans were spoiled during this year’s Super Bowl. Yes, the nineteen-point comeback and first-ever Super Bowl overtime were both thrilling; however, as the years go by, we may remember most vividly the distinct level of greatness we have been privileged to see. Tom Brady’s greatness is a kind that people may never see again and perhaps have never seen before, not just in football, but also in any sport.