Joe Namath: No one has ever played the game better than Tom Brady


When it comes to Joe Namath, he has an opinion on everything. Even Tom Brady.

Namath is a New York Jet legend. He is one of only two Jet quarterbacks to really have a legacy that will last. His is Super Bowl III and the guaranteed win. The other is March Sanchez's butt fumble. But just because he is a Jet legend doesn't mean his opinion of Brady is negative. In fact, its quite the opposite.


No one’s ever been better. No one’s ever been better than Tom Brady, I don’t believe. And I go back to watching the guys earlier in some of the darker days, in the ’50s. One of my first heroes was Otto Graham. Come on, 10 straight title games in Cleveland. He was just spectacular. Bobby Layne was a unique quarterback, really terrific. Getting into the modern era, Peyton Manning has had his wonderful performances. Don’t tell me anybody is better than Aaron Rodgers, either. Better than, better than, better than. The best, the best, the best. To each his own. I have a hard time calling anybody in any sport “the best” because of the changes in the game, certainly, and because of the greats that were ahead of them. But I will say, no one has ever played the game better than Tom Brady. You start looking at numbers, and sometimes statistics tell a story, and sometimes they don’t tell the whole story. It’s such a team game. But Tom has answered the bell. He has answered every challenge. He’s great. He’s great. No one has ever done it better.

He brings up a great point. We get lost in stats and rings and how they do in clutch time but really, has anyone ever played the game better than Tom Brady? He just does what ever it takes to win. And he is very good at that. He might just end up as the winningest quarterback ever. He already has that title for the playoffs and his winning percentage is higher than any other QB to play the game.

So while we might never settle the debate on which quarterback is better than the others, Namath is right, Brady is already the best at playing the game. And at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.

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