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February 18, 2021


Is Tom Brady one of the best athletes of all-time?

Tom Brady’s achievements are incredible but is he really an elite athlete? Shalise Manza Young of Yahoo Sports and Scott McDonald of Newsweek share their opinions on the topic.

Is Tom Brady one of the best athletes of all-time?

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Is Tom Brady one of the best athletes of all-time?

Tom Brady left a winning organization that he helped build, and he went to a losing franchise at the beginning of a pandemic. Though they had no offseason training and no preseason games to learn the offense, Brady and the Bucs went 11-5 in the regular season and had a long road to just make the Super Bowl.

Football isn't always necessarily about who is the strongest and fastest athlete. As an NFL quarterback, it also comes down to who is the smartest. Brady is as smart an athlete it gets.

If Brady never wins another championship, or even gets back to the big game, he went from a sixth-round draft pick to become the greatest football player in history. Now, his name should be mentioned among the greatest athletes in sports history.

Is Tom Brady one of the best athletes of all-time?

Jim Brown was a better athlete than Brady, considered by some to be not just the greatest running back ever but also the greatest lacrosse player, and even averaged 15 points per game for Syracuse’s basketball team as a sophomore.

Brady may have changed the culture in Tampa Bay, but in Super Bowl LV he didn’t do it alone, and he was the first to say as much. The season was a team effort, and the Buccaneers’ defense that kept the Bucs in most games.

Brady has surpassed his boyhood idol, Joe Montana, as the greatest quarterback ever and is one of the most accomplished team-sport players of the modern era. But for all of his victories, greatest athlete isn’t an argument Brady can win.



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2 comments on this Post:

  • SamTheMan86

    May 4, 2021 11:40 am


    Jim Thorpe!

  • NeverMore1

    February 26, 2021 4:52 pm


    I don't think it's too hard to argue that he's not the most athletically gifted, but he does a great combination of anticipation, smarts, arm talent and accuracy.