Tom Brady uncomfortable with being referred to as the ‘GOAT’
Tom Brady may very well be the greatest quarterback in NFL history, although that kind of bold statement obviously invites debate. Either way, whenever he is referred to as the “GOAT,” it makes the New England Patriots quarterback very uncomfortable.
While addressing a handful of topics during an interview with Patriots radio broadcaster Scott Zolak for an edition of Patriots “All Access,” Brady explained why such praise and plaudits and being hailed as the “GOAT” does not sit well with him.
“I don’t really like it, truthfully. I am (uncomfortable) because I don’t see myself in that way,” Brady said. “I play for the enjoyment of the game. I play for the cameraderie with my teammates and I play to win. I don’t play to be called a certain thing or compared to this guy. I had heroes when I grew up; there’s a lot of great quarterbacks when I grew up and now. The fact that I’m still playing, I love being that. I don’t need people to tell me that ‘Man, you’re such and such’ or ‘You’re better than this,’ like, there’s a lot of great players, and that’s how I see a lot of other players.”
Brady went on to credit his success to great teammates and coaches that have surrounded and supported him throughout his outstanding career. While it’s hardly a surprise that Brady would show humility and defer to others, odds are someone as fiercely competitive as him would be driven to one day be called the greatest of all-time.
After all, Brady was a relatively unheralded prospect heading into the 2000 NFL Draft, finally getting selected with the 199th pick in the sixth round. Brady has said before his entire career has been fueled by the desire to prove doubters wrong. To be touted as the “GOAT” when it’s all said and done presumably would be incredibly satisfying for Brady.
The fact that Brady is credited for Merriam-Webster adding “GOAT” to its dictionary probably makes the entire debate academic, in a manner of speaking.