It’s one thing when your fans believe you’re the best in the game. It’s probably quite another when you find out that a group of your peers apparently agrees.
ESPN conducted a survey among NFL players around the league and when it comes to quarterbacks, Brady appears to the one who, even at age 40, players believe he’s not done winning championships yet.
According to the poll, 21% of those players believe that Brady will be the quarterback in the NFL who will win the most Super Bowls over the next 10 years. That’s pretty remarkable given that Brady’s best years should be behind him, yet here he is, still playing at the top of his game in a league full of younger players. The player he edged out is the Raiders’ Derek Carr, who got 20% of the votes, while Aaron Rodgers (18%) and Dak Prescott (10%) rounded out the list.
Meanwhile, despite the fact Brady might have respect from many of those players, it doesn’t change the fact that he’s the quarterback that they most want to sack by a landslide. Brady received 49% of the votes, while Ben Roethlisberger (14%) and Aaron Rodgers (10%) fell in behind him.
One funny note was the fact that one player said of why he picked Brady, “Most of the time after a sack, you get a good picture with the quarterback on the ground next to you. That’s why I would love that.”
Brady also made the list in the four quarterbacks who “talks the most trash.” Cam Newton was at the top of the list at 26%, followed by Philip Rivers (24%) and Aaron Rodgers (17%). Brady was fourth with (16%) of the votes.
One player said that despite Brady’s demeanor off of the gridiron, he’s a different player on it. “People don’t really know that,” said a player who voted for Brady.
There were a couple of interesting lists from this one, including which quarterback they wouldn’t want as a teammate (Miami’s Jay Cutler) as well as who they believed was the most overrated (NY Giants QB Eli Manning).
But the comments obviously prove that Brady remains one of the most respected players in the league, and it’s nice to see that he garners just as much praise from the players he competes against as he does from the fans who support him.