Buccaneers’ Tom Brady speaks out on possibility of passing Michael Jordan in rings
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is considered by many to be the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
The six-time Super Bowl champion has an opportunity to win his seventh Lombardi Trophy this Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, and in so doing would pass another esteemed “GOAT” in championship rings: basketball legend Michael Jordan.
Brady spoke on the potential to pass up Jordan during Monday’s media session, calling Mike his “idol” and saying the achievement would point to his good fortune at playing on so many good teams. The 43-year-old also noted each of his championships have felt “unique” in their own way.
"Michael's one of my sports idols."
If the Bucs win the Super Bowl, Tom Brady would have more championships than Michael Jordan in their respective sports.
Who would be the GOAT? 🐐 pic.twitter.com/GsiPcOKfXf
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) February 1, 2021
Like Jordan, Brady’s excellence has hardly waned in the later years of his career.
Though Brady faced questions about his abilities following a disappointing end to the 2019 season with the New England Patriots, he responded by throwing for over 4,600 yards and 40 touchdowns while leading the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl.
Tampa Bay faces a tough challenge in Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. But Brady said he has actually had more time to prepare for this Super Bowl than any prior because of certain circumstances:
“I think the football preparation’s been easier,” Brady said, via Yahoo. “There’s definitely in a lot of ways– actually my family’s been out of town for the last six days. They’re not coming back in town until Saturday. So, I really had an empty house for what will be 12 days leading up to the game. That’s the most prep I’ve ever had. I could really focus on what I need to do from a football standpoint.”
Brady will also likely take pleasure in knowing the Buccaneers are underdogs, much as Jordan drew motivation from perceived slights.
In any event, TB12 sounds ready to go ahead of Sunday’s showdown with the Chiefs.