It should come as no surprise, but New York Jets legend Joe Namath says New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the best to play his position in NFL history.
What else was he gonna say, Jets fans?
It’s not exactly earth-shattering to say that Tom Brady is the best quarterback in NFL history, but I’m sure it’s hard for Gang Green Nation to hear coming from the most legendary passer in their own franchise’s history.
Appearing on the Howard Stern Show, Namath talked about why Brady takes the top spot on his list:
Tom is the best. I’ve been asked that question for many years. And Johnny U (Unitas) was my hero, Otto Graham was great. Slingin’ Sammy Baugh. I go back, these guys. But meantime, Tom has been challenged more, in recent history certainly, with huge games, than anyone I can recollect. And he stepped up, every time.
Here’s a quarterback, when I was pro football games, college games, you can literally see. And I actually lost games for our team by throwing poorly, throwing interceptions, I have not seen Tom Brady lose a game for his team.
Namath also admits that avoiding injuries are paramount to having a long career such as Brady’s and that luck definitely comes into play:
First of all, Lady Luck plays a role. Anybody can have an accident. The joints were designed by evolution, our maker or whatever, to be bending a certain way. A knee is supposed to bend this way, back and forth, not sideways. And when that happens, you’re tearing ligaments.
Namath knows a thing or two about stepping up in big games, having delivered the Jets an upset win in Super Bowl III after making the famous guarantee. Brady has certainly made a strong claim to the top spot in league history, helping lead the Patriots dynasty over the past two decades.
It’s been a long time since Jets fans tasted a championship, and they have Namath to thank for it. In the meantime, they’ll have to deal with the fact that the best player to every play the game’s most important position is probably going to keep winning their division until he’s AARP eligible.
Check out the full interview here:
Is @TomBrady the best-ever @NFL quarterback? @RealJoeNamath thinks so. “I've not seen anybody have that many big games and answer the challenge as well as he has,” he tells @HowardStern. pic.twitter.com/SmoIzrqp4p
— Stern Show (@sternshow) June 24, 2019