(Tom Brady photos courtesy of the New England Patriots)
Talk of Fame Network
That four-game suspension in the opening month of the 2016 season for his role in Deflategate did not diminish the stature of Tom Brady in the eyes of ears and eyes of the listeners and readers of the Talk of Fame Network.
In last week’s poll, we asked our followers to vote on the greatest quarterback of all-time, and the slate of was packed with greatness – all-decade selections from the 1940s (Sammy Baugh), 1950s (Otto Graham), 1960s (Johnny Unitas), 1980s (Joe Montana) and the 2000s (Brady and Peyton Manning).
But it was no contest, with Brady, the winningest quarterback in NFL history, running away with the honor. He received 46 percent of the vote, with Montana a distant second at 35 percent. Surprisingly, Baugh, Unitas, Manning and Graham all finished with minimal support in the single digits.
Talk of Fame Network hosts Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge all cast their ballots for Unitas.
Brady’s 181 career victories are an NFL record, and his winning percentage of (181-52) of 77.7 ranks second-best of all-time behind Graham. He has taken New England to six Super Bowls, winning four of them. He has also taken the Patriots to the playoffs in 14 of his 16 seasons as a starter and engineered the NFL’s only 16-0 regular season in 2007. Brady is an 11-time Pro Bowler, a three-time Super Bowl MVP, a two-time NFL MVP and a two-time NFL passing champion. He threw for personal bests of 50 touchdown passes in 2007 and 5,235 yards in 2011.
Montana was an eight-time Pro Bowler, a four-time Super Bowl champion, a three-time Super Bowl MVP, a two-time NFL MVP and a two-time NFL passing champion. He was named to the NFL’s 75th anniversary team, and his jersey number 16 has been retired by the San Francisco 49ers. He also won a national college championship as a quarterback at Notre Dame.
(Montana photo courtesy of the San Francisco 49ers)
Unitas also was a member of the NFL’s 75th anniversary team. He was a 10-time Pro Bowler, a four-time NFL MVP and a three-time NFL champion. He called his own plays, invented the two-minute drill and put the NFL on the map with his performance in the 1958 NFL title game, an overtime victory over the New York Giants, that was dubbed “the greatest game ever played.” He threw a career-best 32 touchdowns in a 12-game 1959 season and a career-best 3,481 yards in a 14-game 1963 season.