Joe Namath dubs Tom Brady the best quarterback ever

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A debate has emerged in recent days regarding where Tom Brady currently ranks among all quarterbacks. The debate regarding where he fits among all quarterbacks in league history has, for the most part, been settled.

It definitely has been settled for Hall of Famer Joe Namath.

“I would have to say the he’s the best at answering the challenge there ever was, yes,” Namath told Howard Stern when asked whether Brady is the best quarterback to ever play the game. “I’ve not seen anybody have that many big games and answer the challenge as well as he has.”

It’s not easy, to say the least, to compare quarterbacks from different teams, different systems, different eras, etc. But Brady has six Super Bowl wins — two more than the high-water mark set by Joe Montana and the original TB12, Terry Bradshaw. Brady also continues to defy Father Time, playing at a high level into his 40s, with no sign of slowing down.

Even if some would put Brady near the bottom of the current top 10 in what is a golden age of great quarterbacking, he’s still in the top 10 as he closes in on 42. Which is an astounding accomplishment.

63 responses to “Joe Namath dubs Tom Brady the best quarterback ever

  1. Brady deserves a first ballot HOF nod. But Joe Namath has no business being in there with him.

  2. What makes Brady great isn’t the rings or status he has. No matter the level of talent around him, no matter how much his team is down, or the doubters pile on his ability to perform in the clutch is something that hasn’t been seen since Montana. Even the great Bill Belichick has pointed out that Brady sees things he doesn’t he will make the smart throw most of the time instead of the convenient throw. I will take intelligence over gun slinging or athleticism any day of the week.

  3. Because it’s summer and we suffer from football withdrawal symptoms, I watched last season’s AFCCG again last night.

    What Tom Brady is able to do in the fourth quarter of a tight game with the rest of the season on the line is almost unbelievable. And he has done it so many times now that there really should not even be a debate anymore – I don’t know that we’ll see quarterback greatness like that ever again.

  4. You can argue about how good Brady is compared to the other QBs and you can argue about how much he contributes to the NE wins given BB and the defense etc. However, you can’t argue about whether he gets the job done. 8 straing AFCCGs 5 of the last 8 Super Bowls including 4 of the last 5 and the last 3 straight. It would be hard to think if he was replaced any contemporary QB that they could have performed equally or better.

  5. He’s doing something thats never been done before and will never be duplicated, because he’s lucky enough that he’s playing for the greatest coach of all time and he did so his entire career. What if that be had played for that perennial loser hugh Jackson think he would have even made the playoffs? Doubt it

  6. Namath absolutely belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When debating players merits of whether or not they belong in the HOF, it’s been argued “can you tell the history of the sport without mentioning that player?”. You can’t tell the history of professional football without mentioning Joe Namath and the impact he had on the AFL and the merger by beating the Colts in SB III.

  7. There’s no debate. At all. Until someone wins 7 Super Bowls or more than Brady has when he retires, he’s the greatest.

    Joe might have one one or maybe two more Super Bowls if he cared more about football than he did women and drinking. And I love Broadway Joe more than anyone, but that’s just the truth.

  8. lizzyisnoindian says:
    June 24, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    He’s doing something thats never been done before and will never be duplicated, because he’s lucky enough that he’s playing for the greatest coach of all time and he did so his entire career.
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    Joe Montana played for that the genius Bill Walsh and piled up stats in what was at that time the never-before-seen west coast offense. While throwing to the greatest WR ever to play the game.

  9. nflhistorybuff68 says:
    June 24, 2019 at 3:52 pm
    People on this thread don’t think Joe should be in the Hall, but I do. Yes, Joe Namath Hall Of Fame Quarterback

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    I agree. It’s the Hall of Fame not Hall of Stats.

  10. bullcharger says:
    June 24, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    Here’s a good hypothetical. If Brady and Mahomes switched teams, who would have won the the AFC Championship game in KC?
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    That’s pretty easy- Thomas Edward Patrick Brady. Chiefs WERE the better team, they just didn’t win- something which Brady does to other teams a lot.

    No disrespect to Mahomes- he’s unbelievably good.

  11. If Brady had to play in the 70s or 80s or even 90s, no way he’s playing at 42.

    Great QB, but he has also benefited greatly from playing in the Quarterback friendly era. It’s certainly extended his career and allowed him to stay healthy.

    Ask Joe Montana.

  12. Johnny Unitas called his own plays. Broadway Joe. Bart Starr. Roger Staubach. These are my QBs.

    Tom Brady. He throws high percentage short yard inside passing concepts. You know, dink passes.

  13. The greatest moment in Jets’ history was when they beat the Colts in the SB. The second greatest moment in Jets’ history was Namath handing the Lombardi to the Patriots after SB LIII…

  14. “Tom Brady. He throws high percentage short yard inside passing concepts. You know, dink passes.”

    Not true – not even close. Go look at any conference championship game or Super Bowl he has played in (hint: there are many of those), and you’ll see why I strongly disagree with you.

  15. Tom Brady is still chasing Michael Jordan. He wants that 7th ring. However, yes, he is the GOAT.

  16. Mark Kitterman says: “Johnny Unitas called his own plays. Broadway Joe. Bart Starr. Roger Staubach. These are my QBs. Tom Brady. He throws high percentage short yard inside passing concepts. You know, dink passes.”

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    The quarterback position is not about how difficult you can throw the ball. It’s about helping the team win games. So what if he throws dink passes if they get him the win? This is not a game of Pro Bowl skills challenge here.

  17. FootballSeasonRules says:
    June 24, 2019 at 4:55 pm
    Tom Brady is still chasing Michael Jordan. He wants that 7th ring. However, yes, he is the GOAT.

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    I think he wants 7 so he personally has more than the Steelers organization. 😉 I don’t think he’s chasing any basketball players. No offense to Jordan who may be the greatest athlete ever with 6 or Bill Russell with 11, but Brady is the only NFL player ever with 6 Super Bowls out of the 25,000+ that have played. He stands alone in his sport.

  18. Mark Kitterman says:
    June 24, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    Tom Brady. He throws high percentage short yard inside passing concepts. You know, dink passes.
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    Hmmm…you’d think more of his contemporaries would catch on and become the GOAT themselves. I’ve seen them all from Starr to Mahomes and Brady is the best read and react decision maker I’ve ever seen, he sees the game at a higher level. If Johnny U was playing today he’d be throwing exactly what Brady does. Taking what the D gives you is how you win, in any era.

  19. directdriver says:
    June 24, 2019 at 4:58 pm
    Mark Kitterman says: “Johnny Unitas called his own plays. Broadway Joe. Bart Starr. Roger Staubach. These are my QBs. Tom Brady. He throws high percentage short yard inside passing concepts. You know, dink passes.”

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    The quarterback position is not about how difficult you can throw the ball. It’s about helping the team win games. So what if he throws dink passes if they get him the win? This is not a game of Pro Bowl skills challenge here.

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    Why is it better that those guys called their own plays? Any current defense would shut those offenses out 100% and a modern day offense would drop at least a 50 burger on those old defenses. It’s not comparable.

  20. Brady is an admitted cheater. He doesn’t even deserve to be in the conversation about greatest QBs. He and Belicheat have been “successful” for a long time because they knew how to game the system better than anyone else. All of those Super Bowl trophies are tainted, and plenty of people will never respect Brady or the Pats because they didn’t win the right way.

  21. Great QB, but he has also benefited greatly from playing in the Quarterback friendly era. It’s certainly extended his career and allowed him to stay healthy.

    Ask Joe Montana.

    The hit that knocked Montana out was a legal hit then and NOW

    Brady’s has taken harder hits and bounced up.
    See the game in Dallas a couple of years ago. He was crushed from behind by Greg hardy and hit right up

  22. 1) It’s impossible to compare QBs who played in different eras (e.g., Otto Graham had phenomenal success in the 1950s), but I concede that Brady is one of the greatest QBs of all time (top 10).

    2) A substantial part of Brady’s success is properly attributable to Belichick, who I consider to be one of the greatest coaches of all times (but with an asterisk, because he’s been caught cheating).

  23. darwinnebraska says:
    June 24, 2019 at 4:13 pm
    If Brady had to play in the 70s or 80s or even 90s, no way he’s playing at 42.

    Great QB, but he has also benefited greatly from playing in the Quarterback friendly era. It’s certainly extended his career and allowed him to stay healthy.

    Ask Joe Montana.

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    Brady would agree with you. Don’t forget he really played in the previous era in his first 3 Super Bowls. It was different even then. However, Brady is a big guy. Much bigger than Montana, and he has shown he can take a hit. Look at what defensive players say about Brady and even go back and look at some of the hits he’s gotten up from. Dumervil really hit him hard once, and he popped right back up. He’s tougher than he gets credit for.

  24. scorpion42 says:
    June 24, 2019 at 5:27 pm
    Joe Namath is one of the worse players to be in the hall of fame.
    Regardless, his opinion on anything is a total joke.
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    Namath was one of the most exciting players in the league before his knees gave out. You can’t look at his stats, you have to watch him play. And of course beating the Colts was legendary. Definitely deserving of the hall. His opinion is as good as any other football player from past eras and better than any armchair QB, so it’s not bad.

  25. merde4brains says:
    June 24, 2019 at 5:22 pm
    1) It’s impossible to compare QBs who played in different eras (e.g., Otto Graham had phenomenal success in the 1950s), but I concede that Brady is one of the greatest QBs of all time (top 10).

    2) A substantial part of Brady’s success is properly attributable to Belichick, who I consider to be one of the greatest coaches of all times (but with an asterisk, because he’s been caught cheating).

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    It’s possible to compare eras. Current athletes are better and future athletes will be better than the current ones. Otto Graham was 6’1″ 196 lbs going against 6’0″ 199 lb defensive linemen. It’s a totally different sport now.

  26. Joe Namath said something quite remarkable. In an age where we say we cannot compare quarterbacks because the game has changed and quarterbacks are playing under different rules, etc., Namath took a different approach. He said TB12 is the best at answering the challenge. Putting it in those terms removes the wild card of playing in different era. Irrespective of the era, no quarterback has wom more playoff games, played in more Super Bowls, and won more Super Bowls than Tom Brady.

  27. billymutt says:
    June 24, 2019 at 3:07 pm
    Because it’s summer and we suffer from football withdrawal symptoms, I watched last season’s AFCCG again last night.

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    I rewatch games all the time from NFL on youtube. Literally watching this one last 2 days before I pass out.

  28. nite2al says:
    June 24, 2019 at 4:50 pm
    Johnny U is da GOAT

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    You do realize Johnny U did not win a single playoff game in the entire decade of the 1960s while playing for two HOF Coaches (Weeb & Shula) and was shutout 27-0 in the 1964 Title game in Cleveland.

    Brady would have been fine in the 1970s and 80s at 6′ 4″ 225 and he has proven he can take a big hit, Montana was nicked up a lot during his career and while I loved him during his time, you could make a case he was a little on the frail side.

  29. Is this a debate anymore? Anyone who doesn’t believe TB12 is the GOAT is just a lame hater.

  30. commentawaitingdeletionsays:

    June 24, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Mark Kitterman says:
    June 24, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    Tom Brady. He throws high percentage short yard inside passing concepts. You know, dink passes.
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    Hmmm…you’d think more of his contemporaries would catch on and become the GOAT themselves. I’ve seen them all from Starr to Mahomes and Brady is the best read and react decision maker I’ve ever seen, he sees the game at a higher level. If Johnny U was playing today he’d be throwing exactly what Brady does. Taking what the D gives you is how you win, in any era.
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    I’m not arguing that Brady is the best what I will argue is that your full of it saying you watched Starr. Starr’s last good/winning season as a starter was 1967. So that’s 52 years ago, for you to be aware of what your watching for even though back then fans were less knowledgeable let’s say you had to be at least 14, that would currently make you at minimum 66 and there’s about a zero chance your 66 or older.

  31. Sunday Swami says:
    June 24, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    I’m not arguing that Brady is the best what I will argue is that your full of it saying you watched Starr. Starr’s last good/winning season as a starter was 1967. So that’s 52 years ago, for you to be aware of what your watching for even though back then fans were less knowledgeable let’s say you had to be at least 14, that would currently make you at minimum 66 and there’s about a zero chance your 66 or older.
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    I would say that serious sports awareness starts around age 12 but that’s immaterial to the discussion since I was born in ’52. Don’t quit your day job to join to be a Carny guessing weights and ages quite yet

  32. Different era’s, different rules, different equipment, different technology and on and on.
    It makes no difference.
    I’m certainly no Patriots fan because we see them in the playoffs so often, but I am a Tom Brady fan. He was a no-name late draft choice who has lifted himself and the game to another level. He just flat gets it done, and that’s the only thing that matters.
    This Bronco’s fan concedes Tom Brady is the GOAT.

  33. fact is all you nay sayers about TB12 being the greatest QB ever are just haters. Tom Brady is the best there ever was, period, and he did it in an era where you don’t keep a team together for long periods of time like Bradshaw, and Montana did. each and every year a whole host of new characters are put together by BB, and TOM TERRIFIC makes them look like all pros, we have witnessed it time and time again for nearly two decades. no other QB has done that ever. the shear dominance over the NFL by the PATRIOTS is mind boggling to say the least. so all you jealous losers out there can hate the PATRIOTS and Tom Brady all you wish, love the smell of hate in the morning, it smells like victory. GO PATRIOTS

  34. You ever wonder about the internal workings of fans from other teams who just post nonsense on Pat’s stories?

    I don’t.

  35. commentawaitingdeletionsays:

    June 24, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    Sunday Swami says:
    June 24, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    I’m not arguing that Brady is the best what I will argue is that your full of it saying you watched Starr. Starr’s last good/winning season as a starter was 1967. So that’s 52 years ago, for you to be aware of what your watching for even though back then fans were less knowledgeable let’s say you had to be at least 14, that would currently make you at minimum 66 and there’s about a zero chance your 66 or older.
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    I would say that serious sports awareness starts around age 12 but that’s immaterial to the discussion since I was born in ’52. Don’t quit your day job to join to be a Carny guessing weights and ages quite yet
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    Cause you say it makes it true correct? Nope. Also as I said accurate sports awareness then is not the same as now as media and such have blown up the sport and made it more accessible. Even if true on age the fact that your going to try to claim at 12 in 1964 you were watching starr over his last productive seasons and could accurately assess him and understand the nuances of the game and compare him to others is ludicrous.

  36. Mark Kitterman says:
    June 24, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    Tom Brady. He throws high percentage short yard inside passing concepts. You know, dink passes.
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    You should actually look up the stats, the “dink passes” is a myth. He’s actually throwing it farther the older he gets. The past 4 seasons he’s averaged over 7 yards per attempt, 2015 – 7.1 (10th), 2016 – 7.8 (3rd), 2017 – 7.6 (2nd), 2018 – 7.4 (7th, less the than a yard behind Mahomes). To keep it perspective, in 2007 when he was dropping bombs to Moss his average was 7.8. In 2018 Mahomes average was 8.3, to keep that in perspective Fitzpatrick’s was 8.2. All in all, the difference is that Brady would gladly take 2 yard passes all day if it meant a win.

  37. Simms argument that Kassell went 11-5 is so flawed. For starters, He had the same team around him that went undefeated the year before. All of the same players. Brady the year before had 50 TD’s and 4806 yards, Kassel the next (with the same offense) had 21 TD’s and 3693 yards with roughly the same amount of attempts. The second point is that they played the weakest schedule of any Patriots team in the past 20 years. * of the teams they played that year were at .500 or less (4 of those had less than 5 wins). They loss to SD who finished 8-8, as well as Indy (12-4), Pitts (12-4), Jets (9-7) and Miami (11-5). If Brady had not gotten hurt, they would have ran the table again.

  38. Namath DESERVES to be in the Hall (despite what some are saying) because of what he was able to do for the NFL off the field. Stop hating on a guy who helped make the NFL what it is today.

  39. Mark Kitterman says:
    June 24, 2019 at 4:15 pm
    Tom Brady. He throws high percentage short yard inside passing concepts. You know, dink passes.
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    So you admit you don’t watch Patriots games?

  40. This Bronco’s fan concedes Tom Brady is the GOAT.
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    So does Elway for that matter.

    Tom Brady made himself into what he is by sheer determination, will, drive and self-discipline. A true American success story.

    What’s not to love about that?

  41. Tom Brady. He throws high percentage short yard inside passing concepts. You know, dink passes.
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    Even if it were true, the rest of the league has had nearly 20 years to figure it out; shut it down or copy the wining template. The fact that they haven’t proves your theory most incorrect.

  42. dsigrey says:

    June 25, 2019 at 9:25 am

    You should actually look up the stats, the “dink passes” is a myth. He’s actually throwing it farther the older he gets. The past 4 seasons he’s averaged over 7 yards per attempt, 2015 – 7.1 (10th), 2016 – 7.8 (3rd), 2017 – 7.6 (2nd), 2018 – 7.4 (7th, less the than a yard behind Mahomes). To keep it perspective, in 2007 when he was dropping bombs to Moss his average was 7.8. In 2018 Mahomes average was 8.3, to keep that in perspective Fitzpatrick’s was 8.2. All in all, the difference is that Brady would gladly take 2 yard passes all day if it meant a win.

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    Please, don’t post any facts. Haters won’t read them. Look how they keep saying the Patriots have benefited from playing in the AFCE yet they have an almost exact winning percentage against the rest of the league.

    Brady, Greatest of all time. Until someone wins 7, which most likely won’t happen in my lifetime (Unless it’s a guy named Brady)

  43. I would like to see Brady win one more Super Bowl so that we can delete his first three Super Bowls when his doubters thought of him as just a “game manager” carried by his defense and prove that he can still win four titles in seven appearances with staggering statistics.

    Brady has had two hall of fame careers separated by the draft of Gronk since 2010. But even if he ended his career before the 2007 season, he would still be a borderline hall of famer for winning three Super Bowls as a “game manager” with less than stellar stats.

  44. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    June 25, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Thanks to Belichick.

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    Belichick is 18-19 as Pats coach without Brady starting.

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