Tom Brady

Tom Brady was asked about the Brady vs. Belichick debate

"It’s a team sport."

Tom Brady during Super Bowl LV.

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Tom Brady leading the Buccaneers to victory in Super Bowl LV only amplified the ongoing debate over the legacy of the Patriots’ dynasty: Was it Brady or head coach Bill Belichick who was ultimately more important?

Brady, having won a title on his own, appeared to some to have taken a clear edge over his longtime coach, though Belichick remains the all-time leader in Super Bowl wins by an individual (with eight to Brady’s seven).

But what does Brady himself think of the debate?

Asked prior to the Super Bowl by Westwood One Radio’s Jim Gray, Brady rejected the premise.

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“I’ve never once in my life thought about that,” Brady told Gray. “That’s a very hypothetical situation for me to. I think that’s definitely a conversation that people like to have because in the end, it just can create some entertainment.”

Brady’s contention was that, by the nature of the roles, it’s an impossible comparison.

“Coaches don’t play, and players don’t coach,” said Brady. “You need great coaches, and you need great players, and that’s the way the sport works. It’s not an individual sport. It’s a team sport.”

“The only thing that does is it tries to create division either inside your team that the outside wants to tear apart what you’ve accomplished,” Brady said of the debate. “I don’t think that’s an argument that I’ve ever wanted to be a part of, thought to be a part of. I’ve greatly appreciated what I’ve learned from the coaching mentors that I’ve had — certainly Coach Belichick.”

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Brady ultimately set aside the discussion, noting that he’s a part of a larger process working in a team.

“I couldn’t be who I am without those amazing coaches that I’ve had, and I couldn’t be the player I am without all the other playing mentors I’ve had,” he explained. “In the end, to me, it’s all irrelevant. The greatest joy I have in sports is living up to my potential for my team and being the best that I can for my team, and that’s what motivates me. That’s 100 percent of my motivation.”

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