Not even Rodgers can keep up with Brady

Greg Bintz, NFL correspondent

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“THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE GREATEST COMEBACK IN SUPER BOWL HISTORY!” shouted Bob Socci on the Patriots radio network.

“Oh my God, I can’t believe it!” screamed analyst Scott Zolak.

“Hey, man, you’re the best ever. Ever. EVER”, actor Mark Wahlberg told Tom Brady after Brady led the Patriots to an incredible 34-28 overtime win in Super Bowl 51.

“Well, I don’t know about that,” replied the humbled Brady.

In today’s NFL, quarterbacks reign. Football is the ultimate team game, but if the team doesn’t have a good QB, good luck getting far into the season, let alone the playoffs.

Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady have taken this conversation to a whole new level. Now, I’m a Packers and Patriots fan (no, I’m not a bandwagon), so I’d like to think I see both sides probably more clearly than anyone else. Each QB has his own case for why he should be the GOAT: Rodgers is clutch, has saved the Packers’ season multiple times, and is, with no doubt, a Hail Mary king. However, all Brady seems to know is how to win and win….and win some more. He also has enough rings to cover an entire hand. Brady also has his fair share of clutch moments. It has seemed super complicated to figure out who the real GOAT is, but it became pretty simple within the last year.

And I’ve seen enough: Thomas Edward Patrick Brady is the real GOAT. It’s undisputed, and it’s crazy if someone said he isn’t even a top 3 QB all-time, at best.

He has reshaped his career and played QB at the young age of 41 that only guys like Brett Favre could ever dream of. He rebranded himself by creating the TB12 Method, a holistic training regimen that has revolutionized not only his game, but also the game of each of his clients who pay $200 per session at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center. Not only has he changed the way he’s trained, the man has taken a pay cut of eleven million dollars to open up cap space. Sounds like he wants to win.

Then, as Stephen A. Smith says, we’ve got a “baaad man” on our hands in Aaron Rodgers. Known for his Hail Marys, Rodgers signed a mammoth contract this past offseason that made him the highest-paid QB and the highest-paid player in the NFL. It’s pretty neat to be the highest-paid player, but my goodness, if you’re going to get that much money, back it up by playing well.

Although Rodgers made the Pro Bowl, set a new NFL record for 402 straight pass attempts without an interception, and threw just two interceptions, it’s not like he played that great this past year. If you really think about it, how many of those pass attempts were incompletions, throws in the dirt, overthrows, and so on? Something just never seemed right.

Mike Daniels, who landed on injured reserve in the middle of the year, said before the season that 2018 was going to be a “revenge tour” for Rodgers and the offense after Anthony Barr broke Rodgers’ collarbone last season. If you ask me, it was anything EXCEPT a revenge tour.

Rodgers didn’t tear up any defenses and didn’t really light anybody up with his usual amazing play. I also thought it was super ironic that Rodgers signed a huge deal, then got hurt Week 1 (I thought he tore his ACL), and then ended his drastically terrible season by getting sent to the hospital after suffering his third career concussion (yikes!). His best moment of the season, however, came in Week 1 when he came back from whatever knee injury he had and beat the Bears on Sunday Night Football.

Rodgers was also making excuses about his poor play (he didn’t have the “right grip” on a bad throw against Seattle) and that he doesn’t have enough continuity with his young receivers (Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Equanimous St. Brown and J’Mon Moore). I mean, that’s pathetic for Rodgers to do (I do think Rodgers is more talented than Brady, but Brady is more well-rounded), because a guy like Brady has a handful of new receivers pretty much every year (Brady has thrown to 71 different receivers, which in the 19 years he’s played, averages to about four different recievers a year).

Brady does whatever it takes to win, whether that’s practicing even after practice is done, taking pay cuts and not signing big deals, staying up all night to watch film, or changing his way of living.

It’s what makes him…  well, a winner.

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