Five Super Bowl championships makes Tom Brady the GOAT at quarterback, right? That’s a somewhat reasonable argument, especially given the nature of the quarterback position today. Not to mention, how much credit we give them. However, there is someone who has played the position at a higher level than him. He just doesn’t have the hardware to back it up. That would be Aaron Rodgers. And the difference lies within the talent around them.
When you look at the complete body of work, Tom Brady doesn’t check as many boxes as you’d think. He’s accurate, but ranks 13th all-time in completion percentage. Two of his own contemporaries rank ahead of him in passer rating. When it comes to turning the ball over, he’s better than all but two — but both have played at the same time as him.
There’s one man that’s ahead of him in all four statistical categories. Aaron Rodgers.
When it comes to what makes a signal-caller great in the modern day — arm strength, accuracy, and mobility — Rodgers undoubtedly checks all the boxes. The only one he doesn’t, of course, is the number of championships. But if you use that as the biggest criteria, then Brady isn’t even the top dog.
Bart Starr won three NFL championship games and the first two Super Bowls. He was more successful than Brady with a 5-1 record in the big game as opposed to Brady’s 5-3 mark in the Super Bowl. Getting to eight in this argument doesn’t matter if both have the same win total. Rodgers is far more skilled than Brady, so how can he be the best?
It’s not like Rodgers has never won a title either. He led the Packers to a victory in Super Bowl XLV and won the Super Bowl MVP. He’s the only quarterback to date to record a career passer rating over 100. Plus he has the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in league history.
To define the best in a team sport based on titles is ridiculous. Rodgers is the best quarterback to ever play the game. And if he doesn’t win more than one Super Bowl, that’s not all on Rodgers. It’s on the Packers for not putting the right pieces in place to help him win. Sure Brady hasn’t always had superstars around him on offense, but he has had the right pieces to fit what New England wanted to do.
Championships aren’t the be all, end all. They’re a piece of the puzzle, and it’s the only piece that Brady holds.