If Brady Wins, Mahomes Will Never Be The G.O.A.T.
As I sit here thinking about how lucky we are to see the two-generational type of quarterbacks go at it at Super Bowl LV, something crossed my mind. If 6x Super Bowl Champion, Tom Brady beats Patrick Mahomes in the Super Bowl, I do not think Mahomes will ever be the greatest of all time. Let me break it down for you.
Very rarely do we see athletes who have changed the game. They are generational types of players. In the NBA, you had Bill Russel, then Magic and Byrd, MJ, Kobe, LeBron, and now Steph Curry. All of these guys have somehow changed the way we watch and play the game. In the MLB, specifically batters, you can go back to Ty Cobb, then Babe Ruth, Hank Arron, Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, and now Mike Trout.
With football, it's different because of the different positions. You wouldn't compare a quarterback to a wide receiver. And since we are talking quarterbacks right now let's take a dive into some of the best quarterbacks.
Well before Tom Brady, there was no doubt that Joe Montana was the GOAT, not until I think Brady got his fourth or fifth ring. But who was the generational type of quarterback before Montana? Not a whole lot to chose from. You could say, Terry Bradshaw who won 4 Super Bowls like Montana, but then you get into the stats and Montana was just better. Maybe Roger Staubach but unfortunately for him, Bradshaw was better. What Montana did was setting the standard and unheard of. MVP's, 4-0 in Super Bowls, 11 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions in Super Bowls. It went without question. Plus, he won a National Title at Notre Dame. I still believe that If Montana didn't cut his career short because of injury, maybe the 49ers would have kept him and won more, or maybe he would've won a Championship with the Chiefs.
But then Brady came, and he has changed the game in what I believe is going to be the standard in not only football but all sports. And it's not what you think. It is not the championships he wins or the records he breaks. But how he is still doing it at 43 years old. The standard is, how can I stay in the league this long so that I can break these records and win these championships. Brady follows a strict diet and probably has some of the best trainers and doctors in the world. Also, Brady still has fire and competitiveness and wants to play. Which for many pro athletes, it's hard to keep that drive. I see more and more athletes following this type of clean diet and training because they want to play as long as they can.
Mahomes, I'm sure is following some kind of diet, and has the best doctors and trainers in the world. But he is changing the game because of his dynamic athletism and unheard of playmaking abilities.
It's funny how you can compare the generational type of athletes from different sports. Joe Montana and Michael Jordan really were the biggest stars to have ever played the their game. They were both tough, talked smack, dominant, changed the game, and undefeated in championships. They set the dominant GOAT standard. Then along came Tom Brady and Lebron James. Both seem to get better and better the older they get, they are not anywhere close to not making it to championships, and they set standards even higher. Now we are kind of in the era of Patrick Mahomes and Steph Curry. Both have championships, both MVP's, both have changed the game on the field and the court. Again, Patrick Mahomes is making plays that are unheard of, and Steph is taking wild shots and clearly doing things behind the three point line at such fast pace by breaking records.
So now I start to think, if Brady beats Mahomes, will he ever be the greatest of all time? I really don't think so. I do not think he can surpass Brady. Brady would have the better record against Mahomes head-to-head, then the Super Bowl. Even if Mahomes broke Brady's record, I still don't know. Brady did not have the MVP type of season, or even have numbers that jumped out at you. It was a good season no doubt. But if a 43 year old quarterback, who is not putting up big numbers beats a young generational player who is getting closer and closer to his prime, then that's all you need to know.
Now there are still a lot of questions up in the air. Brady is still not done after this year. If he wins this year and next year that'll be eight rings. And who's to say he'll be done after 2022? He has already said he feels like he can play until he's 50. How many more will he win? How much longer will he play? Could we see another Brady vs Mahomes next year?
And as for Mahomes, what if he never makes it to another Super Bowl? What if Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Deshaun Watson, or even Trevor Lawerence comes out of the AFC most of time? Then we would be having a different discussion.
But what matters is right now after this Super Bowl. And I say that if Brady beats Mahomes this year, he will own the GOAT status over him no matter what, unless they face off again...