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Will Tom Brady win another Super Bowl? And if he does, will you admit that letting him go was as bad as the Red Sox selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees? – Will B.
I wouldn’t mind seeing him win an eighth, just to double-up four-time winners Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw. Brady secured his spot – undeniably – as the greatest quarterback of all-time with the comeback against the Falcons in Super Bowl LIII. He’s added two more Super Bowls since. Eight Super Bowl victories. Imagine that.
Will he get an eighth? I’m skeptical, but heck, I didn’t think he was getting a seventh this year. Doubt him at your reputation’s peril. I do think the Bucs, with a pretty relaxed coach in Bruce Arians and some important free agents like Chris Godwin and Ndamukong Suh, could take a step back and get caught up in some of the ancillary stuff that plagues one-time winners. I’m not saying they’re the ’85 Bears, but they might be the ’14 Seahawks, a terrific team that just couldn’t win that last game of the season a second time. It’s hard to win Super Bowls – we remembered that during the stretch from 2005-13. But Brady sure has been making it look easier than anyone ever has, or will again.
As for the second part of the question, no, of course it’s not like selling Babe Ruth. Brady will be 44 to start next season; he will age one of these years. Trading 27-year-old Mookie Betts is way more offensive to me.
Bill Belichick expected Brady to have an aging curve like every other quarterback in history. The only quarterbacks ever to be better than adequate after the age of 40 were Brett Favre and Warren Moon, and that did not last long. Brady is the outlier of outliers, and Belichick – who I’m sure is aware knows that Brady’s teams have not given up a touchdown in the last two Super Bowl wins – shouldn’t be blamed for believing time would catch up to Brady in his early 40s. His mistake wasn’t letting Brady go. It was not having a replacement plan ready to go.
What does everyone else think? Will Tom Brady win an eighth Super Bowl? I’ll hear you in the comments.
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