Is Tom Brady the greatest football player to ever grace the field? That’s a question that some people say yes to, but others no. However, it seems as though EA Sports has already solved this dilemma for us by putting Brady on the cover of the new Madden game, dubbed the G.O.A.T. edition.
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The G.O.A.T edition? But what about Peyton Manning? Or Joe Montana? Manning didn’t get on the cover of the video game after he retired last year. Sure, Brady has more Superbowl wins, but Manning has more passing yards in his career than Brady. Manning was the No. 1 pick in the 1998 draft. I mean, even Brett Favre got on the cover of a Madden game (Madden 09).
Brady is on the cover of Madden 18 a year after his teammate Rob Gronkowski was given that honor. I guess that 25-point comeback kind of turned the tide in Brady’s favor for EA Sports. It’s cool that they put Brady on the cover, but the fact that it is now titled the “GOAT” edition. Clearly, the people over at EA are trying to send a message to football fans all over.
Do I think Tom Brady is the greatest of all time? No, but I think that he very well could be considered one of the best because:
- Brady has 5 SuperBowl wins and 7 SB appearances
- He’s a two-time NFL MVP and ranks near the top of most career passing records
- Led a 25-point comeback in SB 51 against the Falcons, the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history
But here’s why I don’t think that Brady is the only GOAT:
- He is only fourth in all-time in passing touchdowns and yards
- He trails Manning in most 4th-quarter comebacks (Manning has 45, Brady has 38)
- He trails Manning for the most Pro Bowl selections (Brady has 12, while Manning has 14)
I don’t think you can pinpoint one specific player in the NFL as the greatest of all time. I have a problem with EA Sports calling it the GOAT edition. If you’re going to call it that, add Manning and Montana on the cover as well.