TAMPA ― On a list of the NFL’s Top 100 players as voted by his peers, Tom Brady is peerless.
That’s a line from the league’s TV production of its annual players poll, and boy, does it ring true today.
At 45, Brady was voted the No. 1 player for the fourth time since 2011.
Brady led the league last season in passing yards (5,316), touchdowns (43) and pass attempts (719) while leading the Bucs back to the playoffs.
A former sixth-round pick out of Michigan in 2000, Brady has compiled a career resume that is second to none. What’s perhaps surprising is that he continues to be held in such reverence by players around the league that they voted him the top player entering his 23rd NFL season.
Brady is the NFL’s all-time passing and wins leader, which after all, are the two most important parts of his job description. He’s been selected to 15 Pro Bowls and has an overall record of 243-73. Perhaps more importantly, he’s won seven Super Bowls.
Last season marked only the second time in the past 11 years he didn’t start a league championship game.
“What he’s doing at 45-years-old is nuts,” said Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu. “He led the league in passing. That’s nuts to me.”
Brady reacted to his selection on social media.
“This is just a testament the family, teammates, coaches, staff and every single one of you who have supported me along the way,’' Brady tweeted. ”Thank you all. Let’s go get another one!’'
What’s remarkable is that Brady’s physical skills have not eroded. His arm still is as strong today as it was four years ago when he was playing for the New England Patriots.
Since arriving in Tampa Bay, Brady has enjoyed a second act to his unparalleled career. He’s also shared more of his personal life and become more relatable to fans.
Brady retired for 40 days earlier this year before returning to the Bucs.
But he is still the GOAT.
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