If you ask most football fans who the Greatest Player of All Time is, the most popular answer will probably be new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. However, University of Michigan and former NFL head coach Jim Harbaugh is taking that statement to the next level.
On the podcast of National Review writer Jay Nordlinger, Harbaugh not only stated that he thinks Brady is the best player of all time. He also said that it isn't terribly close at this point.
“No doubt about that – he’s the greatest of all time in football. And I think he’s pretty much lapped the field in my opinion,” Harbaugh told Nordlinger about the new Buccaneers QB.
Harbaugh's comment, while probably a bit of a stretch, is not without merit. Brady is a 14-time Pro Bowler, three-time league MVP, and a six-time Super Bowl winner — more than any other player in NFL history.
At the same time, there may be some inherent bias to Harbaugh's statement. While the two did face off often when Harbaugh coached the San Fransisco 49ers from 2011-2014, Brady is a Michigan alumnus like Harbaugh.
“I’ve talked to a lot of people who knew him when he was here and they won,” Harbaugh added. “They won games when he started. He was in a quarterback competition, I think it was Drew Henson was a phenom quarterback who came in as a freshman and Tom was an upperclassman. They were splitting time. But Tom won big games and was drafted in the sixth-round, was very famously a late-round pick, but became the greatest of all time.”
After 20 legendary seasons with the New England Patriots, Tom Brady shocked the sports world this offseason by signing a two-year deal with the Buccaneers. It will be interesting to see how Brady's reputation and legacy will evolve and change in what could very well be his final two seasons.