Tom Brady stat ends Aaron Rodgers debate that never should have started

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

The Tom Brady vs. Aaron Rodgers debate picked up some serious steam during last season’s NFL MVP race, but this stat should put an end to all this nonsense.

When it comes to the greatest of all time, (or “GOAT” as the hipper cats in these streets refer to it) Tom Brady has pretty much universally ended the discussion on the greatest football player of all time, certainly for quarterbacks at the very least.

However, there are still some that believe that Aaron Rodgers is a better natural player of the position if accomplishments, like wins, are taken out of the equation. That may sound a little ridiculous, but you have to remember that football is a team game, after all, more than any other sport, so the concept of quarterback wins weighing too much in debates of greatness is not that radical of one.

With that said, it’s easy to see why Rodgers gets so much love. His combination of size, wits, mobility/athleticism, and natural arm talent creates quite the package of greatness. That’s not even mentioning his godly skill when it comes to Hail Mary heaves.

He is also a four-time MVP, including winning the award the last two seasons. During last year’s MVP race, there were many who thought Brady was more deserving of the award (and they’d have a point) especially when it came to the numbers he put up during his second season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That gave the silly GOAT debate some fresh legs, even though it seemed clear that Brady had already run away with it.

Thanks to this stat pointed out by CBS on Twitter, it gave a reminder of just how ridiculous the career of Tom Brady truly is.

Fair or not, postseason success will always be the primary needle-mover in the eyes of the masses when it comes to measuring the success of a quarterback, and who’s greater than who. With that being the case, this is a tough one to come back from for Mr. Rodgers’ neighborhood.

Simply put, we forget just how great Brady really is because nobody has ever made it look so easy to be so great. Sometimes, we just need a reminder.

Tom Brady is arguably the most accomplished athlete, and certainly football player, of all time, because he is the greatest quarterback of all time. It’s as simple as that. So if any time someone you know wants to rebirth this debate that never should have started in the first place, feel free to come back to the Pewter Plank for a friendly reminder, and to tell your adversary what’s good.