Tom Brady has effectively ended the “greatest quarterback of all time” debate. Continuing to win Super Bowls more than two decades into his career, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ star is creating even more distance between himself and any other player that’s ever put on an NFL uniform.

Leading the Bucs past the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV, Brady won his seventh Super Bowl ring. The 43-year-old improved his own record by earning a fifth Super Bowl MVP award. Brady’s 10 Super Bowl appearances rank first all-time by a significant margin.

Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw are tied for second place with four Super Bowl championships. Montana is also second with three Super Bowl MVP awards. John Elway is directly behind Brady with five trips to the NFL’s championship game.

Brady spent his first 19 years as a starter with the New England Patriots. After leaving for Tampa Bay in free agency, it took him just one season to win a Super Bowl with another team.

Peyton Manning is the only other starting quarterback to win Super Bowls with two different franchises. 

Manning was a shell of his old self en route to winning Super Bowl Bowl 50 with the Denver Broncos. Brady is still among the league’s best quarterbacks, and he outdueled Patrick Mahomes—widely viewed as the NFL’s top player—to get his seventh title. 

Brady’s seven Super Bowl championships are more than any NFL franchise. The Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowl titles. The Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers have five Super Bowl championships.

Brady has reached the playoffs in 18 of his 20 seasons as a starter. He last missed the postseason in 2008 when he only played one game because of a torn ACL.

It isn’t just his postseason success that makes him the GOAT. Brady ranks first all-time in passing touchdowns. He will likely move ahead of Drew Brees for first in passing yards a few games into the 2021 season.

Brady holds the record for career Super Bowl passing yards, touchdowns and completions.

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo: Getty Images | Mike Ehrmann