Tom Brady is good. Really, really good. And that’s not just the opinion of multiple talking heads, writers, or analysts but also of players both active or already retired. NFL reporter Dov Kleiman recently compiled a list of those calling the New England Patriots’ quarterback the greatest ever, and the list reads like a who’s who of NFL royalty — including multiple Hall of Famers and players soon to join their ranks.
According to Kleiman, the following players have at one point called Brady the GOAT:
Jerry Rice, Brett Favre, Ray Lewis, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Troy Aikman, Ed Reed, Aaron Rodgers, Darrelle Revis, Barry Sanders, Kurt Warner, Emmitt Smith, Jim Kelly, Shannon Sharpe, Michael Strahan, Anthony Muñoz, Randy Moss, Reggie Wayne, Von Miller, Fran Tarkenton, Joe Theismann
Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith together with Kleiman compiled some of the quotes from those players about Brady, who is currently preparing to play in his ninth Super Bowl — a record that might never be broken again. “I think Tom Brady is the greatest football player we’ve ever had,” said former New York Giants defensive end turned TV personality Michael Strahan about the 41-year old.
“He’s got five championships. I think that ends most discussions,” fellow quarterback Aaron Rodgers had to say about Brady — a sentiment shared by two of his former teammates as well. Randy Moss said that he gave Brady his “vote for the greatest to ever lace them up,” while Reggie Wayne, who spent only a few days in New England before retiring, compared him favorably to another future Hall of Famer.
“Everybody knows I played for the Indianapolis Colts,” said Wayne who spent 14 seasons with the club before signing a free agency deal with the Patriots — he did, however, never actually appear in a game alongside Brady. “I played with one of the best quarterbacks of all time in Peyton Manning. It’s hard for me to say this, but it’s true: Tom Brady is the best of all time.”
On Sunday, Brady can add to his already legendary résumé and status as the greatest quarterback of all time by adding a sixth Super Bowl ring to his collection.