When you win three Super Bowls, set a NFL record for touchdown passes, look like you could be on the cover of GQ even if you couldn't spot a football in a sporting goods store, and, oh yeah, marry arguably the world's most famous supermodel, it probably comes as no surprise that you'd make a list of the 25 coolest athletes of all time.
Even if you have been known to cuddle the occasional goat.
So it is that Tom Brady is one of the 25 athletes to make the cut for GQ's list of the coolest athletes of all time. A photo gallery of covers can be found here, while USA Today's breakdown of the list is here.
The Patriots quarterback is one of four football players and three quarterbacks on the list. There are just two baseball players, while basketball is the most represented sport with five players, none of whom answer to Magic or Larry.
For the rest of Brady's cool cohorts, let's break down the magazine's list by sport:
Football: Brady, Jim Brown, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler
Baseball: Bob Gibson, Tim Lincecum
Football and baseball: Bo Jackson
Basketball: Julius Erving, Walt Frazier, Allan Iverson, Michael Jordan, Pete Maravich
Tennis: Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg
Auto racing: Mario Andretti
Boxing: Muhammad Ali
Golf: Arnold Palmer, Gary Player
Hockey: Derek Sanderson
Soccer: George Best, Pele
Skiing: Jean-Claude Killy
Surfing: Kelly Slater
Yachting/Media moguling: Ted Turner
Crashing while trying to jump over stuff on a motorcycle: Evel KnievelPossible oversights (with a Boston slant): Magic Johnson, Rickey Henderson, Bill Russell, Bobby Orr, Mark Messier, David Ortiz, Bode Miller, Earl Monroe, George Gervin, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr., Dennis Eckersley, Barry Sanders, Shaq, Andre Agassi, Pedro Martinez.
We could accept Mariano Rivera if meant the continued exclusion of Derek Jeter and A-Rod. As much as we adore Larry Bird, it would be stretching it to call him cool given the short-shorts and wispy mustache.
And Joe Montana, while perhaps not the most charismatic athlete, did win four Super Bowls and probably deserves at least an honorable mention.
After all, he was known as Joe Cool.
The main contributors to The Buzz are:
- Matt Pepin, Boston.com sports editor
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Gary Dzen, Boston.com senior sports producer
- Zuri Berry, Boston.com sports producer