Sports Q: What is the second-best season of Tom Brady’s career?

Multiple league-leading seasons makes this a difficult question to answer.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, and Carolina Panthers wide receiver Chris Hogan speak at midfield after an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Tom Brady and Carolina Panthers wide receiver Chris Hogan speak at midfield after a preseason football game. –(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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Taking the ending out of it, because that was a team failure anyway, the 2007 season has to be considered Tom Brady’s best, right? Fifty touchdown passes against just 8 interceptions, led the league in passing yards and a bunch of other stuff, and the team went 16-0. So here’s the real question: What was Brady’s second-best individual season? — Mike S.


Man, this is really tough! There are about a half-dozen that have a legit case – and that doesn’t include 2016, when he played just 12 game because Roger Goodell is a pandering, power-mad goober, and threw 28 TD passes to 2 interceptions while the Pats went 11-1 in his starts. Actually, maybe that is in the argument, because it was one of the greatest vengeful performances of all time.

Others that deserve consideration:  2017 (led the league in passing yards and attempts);  2015 (4,770 passing yards, 36 TDs, just 7 INTs); 2012 (4,827 passing yards, 34 TDs, 8 INTs); 2001 (just because no one expected that). And while 2004 wasn’t one of his best statistical seasons, I still think it was the most complete team of this era. That counts for something.

But his second-best season to me? I think it was 2010, even if that one had a lousy ending too. He led the league in TD passes (36), threw just four picks, averaged a league-best nine yards an attempt, and led the NFL in passer rating for just the second time, ’07 being the first. And the Pats went 14-2.

That’s my choice, 2010. I’ll hear you on just about every other season of his career as a possibility, though. Heck, we didn’t even mention 2011, when he threw for 5,235 yards. It’s almost like he’s had the best career of all-time or something.