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NFL's Best: Tom Brady - In Rare Company
Pro Bowl quarterback TOM BRADY guided the New England Patriots to the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title in the past 14 years and became the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win 12 division championships.
"Tom has meant a lot to us since he's been here," says Patriots head coach BILL BELICHICK, who has combined with Brady for the most regular-season wins (160) by a quarterback-head coach duo in NFL history. "He started winning playoff games the first year he really got a chance to participate in them. Tom is a great competitor. He's our leader and we all follow him, we all respect him. There's no quarterback I'd rather have than Tom Brady."
Brady capped off another standout season with an MVP performance in Super Bowl XLIX against the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, passing for 328 yards and four touchdowns. Brady (XXXVI, XXXVIII and XLIX) joined Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (XVI, XIX and XXIV) as the only players in NFL history to win three Super Bowl MVP Awards.
The quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowl MVP awards:
|Quarterback||Team||Super Bowl MVPs|
|*Active; #Hall of Famer (Source: NFL)|
|Tom Brady*||New England||3 (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XLIX)|
|Joe Montana#||San Francisco||3 (XVI, XIX, XXIV)|
|Bart Starr#||Green Bay||2 (I, II)|
|Terry Bradshaw#||Pittsburgh||2 (XIII, XIV)|
|Eli Manning*||N.Y. Giants||2 (XLII, XLVI)|
Brady, a two-time NFL MVP, has a 160-47 (.773) career regular-season record, the best winning percentage of any NFL quarterback in the Super Bowl era with at least 100 starts. Brady's 160 career regular-season wins are the third-most among starting quarterbacks in NFL history.
"Quarterbacking is artwork and Tom Brady is the ultimate artist," says Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback STEVE YOUNG.
Brady's star has always shined the brightest during the playoffs. He is the all-time postseason leader in career completions (683), touchdowns (53), passing yards (7,345) and wins by a starting quarterback (21).
The starting quarterbacks with the most playoff wins in NFL history:
|*Active (Source: NFL)|
|Tom Brady*||New England||21|
|Joe Montana||San Francisco, Kansas City||16|
|Brett Favre||Green Bay, Minnesota||13|
Brady, who ranks fifth in NFL history with 392 career touchdown passes, approaches his 16th season with the same determination as when he entered the league as a sixth-round selection in the 2000 NFL Draft. In 2015, Brady and DREW BREES (396) can join PEYTON MANNING (530), BRETT FAVRE (508) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (420) as the only players in NFL history with 400 career touchdown passes.
NFL quarterbacks with the most career Touchdown Passes in NFL history:
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