A fourth Super Bowl win would put Tom Brady on the level of legends Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, but his legacy may ultimately be the greatest in the NFL.
Sunday’s win against the Indianapolis Colts secured Brady an unprecedented sixth Super Bowl appearance. He also now holds the record for most playoff touchdowns in NFL history, surpassing Montana, his childhood idol.
“I think being able to accomplish winning the final game of the year is what you play for,” Brady said. “There are 21 teams that started; there are two remaining. We’re trying to be the one that finishes off the season the way you want to, like we wanted to from the start of the year.”
Sunday’s win may also have been made sweeter because of those who counted Brady and the Patriots out in week four.
Patriots fan Karen Kaltsunas admitted she had her doubts about Brady earlier in the season, but said she would never question his skills again.
“Everybody got him and I got on him, saying he’s done,” said Kaltsunas. “But what he did after that was absolutely incredible, I’ll never doubt him again.”
“There’s a lot of motivation for a lot of different reasons,” Brady said. “You don’t want to judge your team after three of four games into the season, and it’s important to ride the roller coaster.”
Coach Bill Belichick said the win was a team effort.
“One guy can’t win in this league,” Belichick said. “All one guy can do it his job and Tom does his job as well as anybody. I’m so thankful that he’s our quarterback. There’s nobody I’d rather have.”