Tom Brady is the greatest NFL quarterback in the history of the game. There’s really no disputing that after he appeared in his ninth career Super Bowl last Sunday, winning his sixth world championship.
But being called the “greatest of all time?” That’s still a phrase that Brady really hates. In fact, he says it makes him “cringe” when he hears it.
“I don’t even like it,” Brady said in an interview with Good Morning America. “It makes me cringe.”
Brady led the Patriots to a 13-3 Super Bowl victory over the Rams on Sunday, claiming the sixth title of his career. Some would argue that he’s not only the best quarterback in history, but that he’s the greatest player to ever set foot on a field.
Rather than receive all the praise, Brady thrives off all the hate and negativity.
“I wish you would say, ‘You’re trash, you’re too old, you’re too slow, you can’t get it done no more,”’ Brady said. “And I’ll say, ‘Thank you very much, I’ll prove you wrong.'”
Brady has been able to feed off that energy in past, especially when he was drawing comparisons to other great quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Joe Montana. But after a sixth Super Bowl win, there really aren’t any comparisons left.
As the years go on, though, there will be plenty of criticism of Brady’s age, so he should have plenty to feed off of in the coming seasons.
That doesn’t change the fact that he’s still the greatest of all time, though.