Given that it almost feels strange that Tom Brady is not leading the Patriots into the Super Bowl this Sunday – after all TB12 took New England to the biggest game in sports each of the last three years and nine times since 2001 – it’s no surprise that the future Hall of Famer ranks very high in any list of Super Bowl quarterbacks.
In fact, according to NFL.com, Brady tops the list of the 63 quarterbacks – including Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and San Francisco’s Jimmy Garoppolo – to take their team to the Super Bowl.
Brady sits atop a group of six passers dubbed the “G.O.A.T. pasture” by NFL.com. The rest of the group, in order, includes Johnny Unitas and Joe Montana – both undefeated in the Super Bowl – followed by Peyton Manning, Dan Marino and Brett Favre.
For what it’s worth, heading into their respective Super Bowl debuts as starters – Garoppolo has two rings thanks to his time backing up Brady in New England – Mahomes sits at No. 30 on the last while Garoppolo is a seemingly-too-low 57th.
Thanks to his trip leading Bill Parcells’ Patriots to the Super Bowl in 1996, Drew Bledsoe earned the No. 38 spot on the list.
At the other end of the spectrum from Brady, former Patriots 1983 first-round pick and starter Tony Eason ranks 61st for leading the 1985 Patriots to Super Bowl XX, with only Miami’s David Woodley and Chicago’s Rex Grossman ranking lower. Eason and that first New England Super Bowl squad were obviously blown out by the Bears, with Steve Grogan taking over at quarterback.
The Patriots may not be in Miami for Super Bowl LIV this week, but there is no doubt that Brady, Bill Belichick and New England’s past accomplishments will get rightly recognized with regularity leading up to the latest edition of the big game.