Patriots Gameday: Tom Brady was and is the NFL’s greatest dynasty

The New England Patriots will honor Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium at halftime during the team's Week 1 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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New England Patriots fans, it’s time to get hyped up. The NFC reigning conference champion Philadelphia Eagles are in town, the Mac Jones redemption season will begin and there’s a guy by the name of Tom Brady being honored at Gillette Stadium.

While the return is not the return many Patriots fans were hoping for, the man with seven Super Bowl rings is returning and will be honored by an organization and by fans he put on top of the NFL world for two decades.  Wasn’t it a great ride?

Let’s put any animosity towards that villainous of a coach named Bill Belichick aside, today and celebrate what the two were together.  The coach and the quarterback will go down as the most celebrated duo in NFL history based on their accomplishments and the mystique of their relationship, a relationship that has been scrutinized at nauseum even before Brady took his talent to Tampa Bay.

Tom Brady had the New England Patriots on top of the NFL world

Belichick and Brady became Belichick vs Brady because of how dominate they were together.  But it was more because Tom Brady was the one player who was successful and tolerated life under Bill Belichick for so long.  The Patriot Way in Foxborough was defined by Brady.  The way he competed, the way he worked hard, the way he made other players around him better, the way he won with the Buccaneers without Belichick.

The rings speak for themselves, Brady is the NFL’s greatest dynasty and Joe Montana can’t argue that.  Neither can Brady’s biggest critics.  The man won the most games in history with 251, was two magnificent catches away from 9 Super Bowl victories and is at the top of the list when it comes to most career touchdown passes (649), most regular season passing yards (89,214), Most career completions (7,753) and most Super Bowl appearances (10).

The greatest stat is that he leads two organizations in Super Bowl victories: the team he played with in the New England Patriots and the team he torched so many times in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In all, Tom Brady is a quarterback Patriots fans may not see on the field again.  Sorry Mac Jones, but it is going to take a similar string of accomplishments for any quarterback to follow the footsteps of the GOAT.  The man was just that good until he wasn’t. 

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And still, when he retired at the age of 45, he still had some football left in him.  There was even a moment when Brady in a Patriots’ uniform one more time was a possibility.  Today is a celebration of a legend with a look nod to the pass and perhaps put some closure on how he left and the franchise can now set forth the torch towards the future.

It’s game day.