Tom Brady became winningest quarterback in NFL history on Sunday with the Patriots' 26-10 win over the Rams. Brady now has a combined 201 wins in both the regular season and the playoffs.
When you consider you get, max, 20 games per season, it's remarkable how Brady has piled up that many wins. Asked on WEEI Monday which win was the favorite one of his career, Brady had a surprising answer: the most recent Super Bowl win over the Seahawks.
The logic was that Brady, who won a Super Bowl in three of his first years as a starter, "took it for granted" that he would play in -- and win -- the Super Bowl frequently. When he went a while without winning one, he realized how difficult it really is to climb the mountain in the NFL.
"One win? Probably the Seahawks Super Bowl," Brady said. "Just because it was so long -- three of the first four years I played to win, it was so strange. I don't want to say you took it for granted, but you took it for granted. Just kind of, 'Yeah, we're going to be in the playoffs every year and we're going to the Super Bowl every year. It's like what is the big deal? Our season always ends in February anyway.' Then to go that long without winning another one and to realize, 'Man, this is so hard every year.' In '07 we had an incredible season and 2010 we had a great year and didn't win it. 2011 we get to the Super Bowl and didn't win it.
"Then '12 and '13 and finally to get there in '14 and win it all again was just and incredible feeling against a team that I thought was one of the best teams we've ever played against."
Remember, after winning those three early Super Bowls, Brady and the Pats lost two Super Bowls to the Giants before getting over the hump against the Seahawks. Fair or not, people were talking about Bill Belichick and Brady needing to win a Super Bowl to justify their previous ones. It sounded ridiculous but it was bandied about.
Anyway, they went on to win one of the greatest games ever played, beating the Seahawks on a last-second Malcolm Butler interception when the Seahawks declined to run Marshawn Lynch near the goal line. Brady greatly appreciates the play.
"That was probably the one that sinks in the most when I think about," Brady continued. "It was a great team. It was a great game. It was the biggest moment. Our team came through. That's [why] Malcolm has the truck, thank god for Malcolm Butler."
It wouldn't be surprising to see Brady change that answer at some point -- the Patriots look capable of winning the Super Bowl in 2016 and Brady doesn't look like a guy who is going to retire any time soon. He could easily end up with another Super Bowl -- or more -- when all is said and done.