You may hate him for his hairstyle or his supermodel wife, but Brady’s an all-time great and there’s no doubt about it. As a sixth round pick with the 199th selection in the 2000 NFL Draft, Brady has played with a chip on his shoulder for his entire career. After a wicked rib shot dropped Drew Bledsoe and sent Brady into the starting lineup, all he’s done is win and set records.
As of the 2016 season, Brady’s won five Super Bowl titles, two MVP awards, and the Comeback Player of the Year award after returning from a potential career-ending injury. His 2007 season was one of the best ever, with 4,806 yards and a then-record 50 touchdowns, and he has been to the Pro Bowl 11 times. Brady’s been involved in some of the most exciting Super Bowl games of all time, on the winning side—against the Rams in 2002 and the Panthers in 2004—and the losing side—against the Giants in 2007 and the Giants again in 2012.
Brady cemented his legacy and put together an argument that he’s the best of all time following his performance in Super Bowl LI: Brady went 43-of-62 for 466 yards and two touchdowns, orchestrating the greatest comeback in NFL championship history. Down 28-3, the Patriots scored 31 straight unanswered points to win the Super Bowl. The ring was the fifth for Brady and he added another Super Bowl MVP trophy as well. After “deflategate” and his four-game suspension, Brady couldn't write a better championship ending than that.