Days Until Super Bowl LIII From January 30: 4
Anyone that seizes MVP glory at the Super Bowl is destined to go down in history as a legend of the game. To shine brighter than all others in the biggest game of the year and lead your team to victory represents the pinnacle of any football player’s career. To win two MVP awards cements your status as one of the greatest stars of all time, and winning it three times is bordering on the ridiculous.
Yet Tom Brady has been named Super Bowl MVP on 4 separate occasions, earning him a reputation as the greatest player ever to grace a football field. Joe Montana has his backers in this department, and he has three Super Bowl MVP gongs to bolster those claims, while he never lost a Super Bowl. Jerry Rice, Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor also put forward compelling cases to be named the GOAT, but it is pretty hard to ignore Brady’s claims on the honor.
Five Super Bowl championships, four Super Bowl MVPs, three NFL MVPs, 15 divisional titles, 12 Pro Bowl selections, more playoff wins than any other quarterback, the most decorated player of all time. He often courts controversy, and he is by no means universally popular, but he has delivered some astonishing performances in Super Bowls.
In his first season as a starting QB, Brady took the Pats to Super Bowl XXXVI and led them to a 20-17 victory with an MVP performance. The game was tied at 17-17 with 1:30 remaining after a Rams touchdown when he led the team down the field without any timeouts to tee up Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning field goal as time expired.
He carried great expectations after that game, and it is fair to say he has exceeded them. He made the difference in an absolute thriller at Super Bowl XXXVIII as the Patriots beat the Panthers 32-29, throwing for 354 yards and three touchdowns. The MVP honor eluded him in a 24-21 victory over the Eagles at Super Bowl XXXIX, as wide receiver Deoin Branch made 11 catches, although he gave a typically stellar performance.
At Super Bowl XLIX, a pick ’em against the Seahawks, he won a third MVP award after a then Super Bowl-record 37 completions on 50 attempts for 328 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He ended up breaking his own record two years later at Super Bowl LI, in one of the most astonishing performances in history. Brady somehow managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for his team, who trailed 28-3 to the Falcons midway through the third quarter. He ended up throwing for 446 yards and two touchdowns, cementing his status as a Super Bowl hero.