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Tom Brady Quieted an Age-Old Sports Talk Radio Debate

Tom Brady shut us up, and he did so in glorious fashion. Brady doesn’t just have some records; he basically owns all of them.

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Retirement or no retirement, Tom Brady has done something that no other team-sport superstar we cover has done before him. He’s shut up sports talk radio hosts and has completely put an end to our favorite debate: Who is the greatest quarterback of all time?

Of course, this thought comes on the heels of the clumsy reporting from ESPN about his potential retirement. Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington co-reported the following on Saturday:

“Sources said that Brady’s decision to retire is based on several factors, including family and health. Although it’s less significant, Brady also recognizes that the Buccaneers are likely to undergo significant roster turnover.”

This report was then followed by questions of whether or not the team knew. NFL reporter Albert Breer said that he sent a text to Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians asking if Brady was indeed retiring and if Tom had informed the team. Bruce responded with a simple “No, he hasn’t.”

As if that didn’t layer in enough confusion, Brady’s own father felt the need to chime in, stating that the rumors of his retirement were “unsubstantiated” and further claiming that Brady hasn’t yet made up his mind.

So whatever the finality to that story becomes, my point remains the same. Brady shut us up, and he did so in glorious fashion. Tom Brady doesn’t just have some records; he basically owns all of them.

Brady is the league leader in wins for regular and postseason play. He has the most passing yards in NFL history (regular and postseason), most touchdowns in NFL history (regular and postseason), most Super Bowl wins in NFL history. He became the first player in NFL history to win a championship in three separate decades, the first player to win a Super Bowl as a starting QB for a team from both the AFC and NFC, and the first player to win multiple championships past the age of 40.

Tom Brady’s records and statistics are so mind-blowingly impressive, you could conceivably chop his career into thirds and all three slices would be Hall of Famers. Brady’s success is so unrivaled in the sport, it almost doesn’t seem real.

As great as Michael Jordan was, there are still those who can carry a pretty strong debate about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or LeBron James as the greatest players who ever played the game of basketball. Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer in recent history, but Jack Nicklaus still lays claim to the most major titles in PGA history. Barry Bonds has the stats to back up being the greatest baseball player of all time, but steroids sort of smear that discussion.

Then there’s Wayne Gretzky, probably the closest in the realm of major team sports to being the undisputed G.O.A.T. of his sport. But he played hockey and that sport just doesn’t occupy space in our minds as a collective American sports fan the way football does. I don’t see NHL GOAT talk leading the A-Block on ESPN’s First Take anytime soon.

Tom Brady has done something that really shouldn’t be possible these days, given all the platforms, personalities, and division amongst people who cover sports. Think about it: In today’s day and age, is there anything that we can’t debate? Yet somehow, we have found something we can all agree on: Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback who has ever lived.

Very few are willing to debate it and for good reason. The debate would be short-lived. You would sound ridiculous making a claim for anyone else. Its nearly impossible to make a reasonable argument for any other quarterback as the greatest of all time, and that’s why you won’t hear it on sports talk shows after his retirement becomes official, whenever that might be. You may hear discussions about Brady as the GOAT of all athletes, but not a whisper about him vs. any other NFL legends.

And in that way, Brady has accomplished yet another feat in his storied 22-year career: He found a way to shut us up.

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BSM’s Black Friday SALE on BSM Summit Tickets is Underway!

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Each year I’m asked if there are ways to save money on tickets to the 2023 BSM Summit. I always answer yes but not everyone takes advantage of it. For those interested in doing so, here’s your shot.

For TODAY ONLY, individual tickets to the 2023 BSM Summit are reduced by $50.00. Two ticket and four ticket packages are also lowered at $50 per ticket. To secure your seat at a discounted price, just log on to BSMSummit.com. This sale ends tonight at 11:59pm ET.

If you’re flying to Los Angeles for the event, be sure to reserve your hotel room. Our hotel partner this year is the USC Hotel. It’s walking distance of our venue. Full details on hotel rooms can also be found via the conference website.

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Media Noise: What Does The Return of Bob Iger Mean to ESPN?

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Demetri Ravanos has questions about Disney going back to the future with Bob Iger. This entire episode of Media Noise is all about what the change at the top of the Walt Disney Company indicates about the future of ESPN.

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Media Noise: What Is Realistic For FOX at the World Cup?

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On this special holiday edition of Media Noise, Demetri Ravanos dives into the controversy and criticism surrounding FOX’s coverage of the World Cup in Qatar.

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