Ageless? Is there a better word to describe Buccaneers’ Quarterback Tom Brady? The guy is relentless in his pursuit of excellence. There have been players that have played past 40. Warren Moon, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, George Blanda, and Doug Flutie are just a few. Did you realize that the Bucs have had five quarterbacks that played for them at one time and played into their forties? Josh McCown, Brad Johnson, Steve Deberg, Vinny Testaverde, and Tom Brady. Brady, of course, is the only one of the over forty bunch to win a Super Bowl.
Back to the present, CBS has come out with its list of the top ten quarterbacks for the 2022 season. The list starts with Dak Prescott at ten, Lamar Jackson, Matt Stafford, Russell Wilson, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Josh Allen, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes at two, and then Brady at number one.
“Father Time has no say here. There may be a day when Brady, going on 45, cannot fire the ball with authority, but we’ll believe it when we see it. His arm has seemingly gotten stronger since relocating from the Patriots to the Buccaneers. And while he’s still a statue in the pocket and can still be lured into a pick like any old QB, TB12 remains the most fearless, most studied, most influential signal-caller in the game. His impact on the team around him cannot always be explained, but it is felt. He’s a living legend, and more importantly, he’s still got the mechanics, physique and vision to win another title. The transition from playing under Bruce Arians to Todd Bowles could cause hiccups, but more likely, Brady will merely have more control over his own unit, which remains stacked with sturdy blocking and elite playmakers.” –Cody Benjamin, CBS.
It is quite an honor at the age of 44 to be ranked above the young guns in today’s NFL. I’m still trying to figure out how Rodgers won the last two MVPs over Brady. The hardest one to swallow was the 2020 Super-Bowl season when Brady personally bested Rodgers twice en route to the big game. Now going on the second season since that snub, CBS has Brady ranked two notches ahead of him. There are two words that speak to why that is. Those two words say it all, The G.O.A.T. Go Bucs!!