7 Rings & 1 Brady To Rule Them All.
Once upon a time, 7 rings were made, and one Brady came, one quarterback to rule them all.
Tom Brady has been an epic legend in the football world, and we aren’t going to see another quarterback of his ilk any time soon.
We can anticipate NFL draft betting odds all we like, but the next season will be held with much mystery now that Brady is off the field. We all felt fairly certain about where games might lean with him healthy and well.
Now, it really does feel like it could be anyone’s game.
Brady was not a god, he was human, a very human, very normal quarterback. However, he was one with immense skill, enough skill to land himself 7 Super Bowl Rings.
There have been countless skilled quarterbacks throughout the years, but none have ever managed the feat of having 7 super shiny rings all sitting upon their fingers. Brady almost ran out of fingers!
Many quarterbacks are considered GOAT’s, however, none have as many rings has Brady does. How did he do it?
Was it magic? No. Even if it seems like it.
One Hell Of A Flex.
In Brady’s second season in the NFL, he took over from the long time starter Drew Bledsoe, who was kept out of the line-up with a sheared blood vessel (ouch!).
That year, Brady led New England to victory with an 11-5 season, and then to the Super Bowl. Obviously, this turn of events had the team keep him over Bledsoe. Yet, they didn’t quite have it all secured yet, as they were coming up short against the Ram’s hardcore offense. A team dubbed ‘The Greatest Show On Turf’.
Brady was limited to being more of a game-manager. He only completed 16 of his 27 passes, even though he did throw a stunning 8-yard touchdown pass as they took a lead into half-time.
The Rams caught up in the 4th, however, and with just 1:30 left on the clock, and Madden commentating they should kneel to run the clock into overtime, Brady didn’t listen. He drove the team down the field and set up an insane field goal.
A distance of 48-yards it was, for Vinatieri as the time expired, and the game was theirs.
This is how it all began, The beginning of a dynasty, And how he got his first ring.
No Small Feat.
In ‘04 Brady landed his second ring, with another clutch from Vinatieri, out at 41 yards with 4 seconds left. This time he did a majority of the work, completing 32 of his 48 passes, and gaining 354 yards.
In ‘05, he returned as a defender, and he started a dynasty here, winning a third Super Bowl in only 4 years!
They were tied at 14 by the end of the 3rd, and things looked like they could go the wrong way for the Pats. However, they held on and clinched a victory with a 3rd interception in the dying seconds of the game.
Brady seemed to take a bit of time off from being a big time winner, but in 2015 he returned. He tried to get in with the Giants, but no dice! So, he continued with the Pats. The Seahawks were looking to be the first Super Bowl champions to repeat since the Patriots had done previously.
However, Brady was having none of it. He had a solid game, however, the game was out of his hands, and the Seahawks went down the field for the game-winning score in the last two minutes.
And, yet! With 26 seconds to go, the Seahawks went to pass, and it was picked off by Butler in one of the most memorable moments in Super Bowl history.
In 2017, Brady made his crowning achievement, overcoming his hero, and also throwing an insane 466 yards! He also led them out of a 28-3 deficit when they only had 8:30 minutes left of play in the 3rd!
He threw 43 out of 62 successful passes, and they won the game. It’s one of the most infamous comebacks in the league.
In 2019, he returned again. While the Pats did win, it was one of the lowest-scoring matches in the history of the Super Bowl, and it seemed to spell the end of the dynasty. Brady did enough though, completing 262 yards.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the last 10 minutes of the 4th, he threw to Gronkowski and Michel ran for the only touchdown in the game.
Finally, in 2021, Brady was with the Buccaneers, and won his last Super Bowl. At 43 years old, with a new team, in a pandemic, no one expected it. They nailed it nonetheless.
Never To be Seen Again.
After all this, Brady has 7 rings, Seven Super Bowls by his name, and is known as one of the best quarterbacks to ever grace the NFL.
It is unlikely we will ever see another Brady, From being the 199th Pick on the 6th round in the draft, From being criticized as someone who does not fit the stereotypical NFL player body, Someone who was dubbed as “Slow” “Skinny and not strong enough”. After all the criticism he proved everyone wrong and became the Greatest Quarterback Of All Time, to accomplish all of the things he achieved both as a player, father and as a person. But one thing is for sure we know all aspiring quarterbacks, look up to the only man who has 7 rings!