When Tom Brady was a little kid growing up in San Mateo, California, he looked up to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana with hopes of one day being just like him. Tom failed at that, instead, he became his own legend.
On Sunday, Tom Brady became the winningest quarterback in NFL history with 201 career wins, passing the mark set by Peyton Manning and previously Brett Favre, and Brady isn’t done yet.
In a game where any team can win on any given Sunday, Tom has managed to walk off the field a winner 76.7% of the time, which is also the highest among all players in history. The dominance doesn’t stop there. In the post season, where the best of the best face off, Tom Brady still manages to be a winner much more frequently than not. In the playoffs, Tom has a very impressive .710 winning percentage.
The comparison to Montana is over, there is no disputing it, Tom Brady is the greatest of all time. When your lone argument for Montana is that he is 4-0 in Super Bowls, that’s fine, I’ll give you that, but that’s where it stops for Joe.
Let’s compare some of the numbers:
Statistically, Tom beats Montana like a drum up and down the stat sheet:
Tom Brady 201
Joe Montana 143
Tom Brady .767
Joe Montana .666
Tom Brady 60,498
Joe Montana 40,551
Yards Per Game
Tom Brady 260
Joe Montana 211
Tom Brady 447
Joe Montana 273
Most TD Passes In A Season
Tom Brady: 50
Joe Montana: 31
Throwing out injury seasons,
Brady averages 29.8 touchdowns per season (including this season which isn’t over)
Montana averaged 19.3 touchdowns per season (about equivalent to an Alex Smith/Tyrod Tylor)
Tom Brady: 2
Joe Montana:4 (including 3 in a row right in the middle of his prime)
For what it’s worth, Peyton Manning has 9, yes NINE, one-and-dones
Tom Brady has been to 10 AFC Championship Games
Joe Montana went to 6 NFC Championship Games
Post Season Stats:
Tom Brady: .710 winning %, 22-9 record, 8,000 yards, 56 TD’s 28 INT’s
Joe Montana: .696 winning %, 16-7 record, 5,700 yards, 45 TD’s 21 INT’s
Tom does one thing and one thing only, wins. There is no other quarterback on the planet that has been as successful in the NFL. Montana’s winning percentage of .666 puts him in the likes of Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger. Tom Brady is on a whole another planet from those guys.
If you can present an argument that Joe Montana is better than Brady without using the words “4 and 0 in Super Bowls”, I’d love to hear it.
Until then Tom Brady is the greatest QB to ever walk this planet, end of story…