Well we have our final two. To no one's surprise the Patriots are back. It would've been a surprise if they hadn't made it. They beat off a tough, determined Jacksonville team 24-20 coming from ten points back in the fourth.
Brady led the charge with 134 yards passing in that quarter. He did it without Gronk or Edelman. Is there nothing he can't do no matter who he is playing with?
And that leads me to posit this: Tom Brady is the greatest team sport athlete that ever lived. That is only my opinion but I've come to that conclusion firmly.
I won't go over his magnificent career, the highest standard of skill and will he consistently displays every year, every game like a Swiss watch.
I won't go into all the great comebacks he's led under the greatest pressure. You all know about those things.
But what has really convinced me is this is his eighth super bowl appearance. To put that in perspective his most successful contemporaries, all Hall of Famers, Brees, Rothliesberger, Manning and Rodgers have gone to eight all combined. Think about that for a moment.
And if Brady beats Philly he will have as many rings as all of them combined.
There are other great team sports athletes. Jordan, Magic, Kareem, Russell, Gretzky. But here is the difference. When one of them had a bad playoff game, or two, and their teams lost, they had other games in the series to play well and come back. When Brady has a bad game and losses a playoff game there is no game two or three or four to rebound.
Playing under these rules he has been to eight championships winning five with a possible sixth this coming Sunday.
And here is another thought, Brady plays in a sport with a salary cap. The Patriots....