Tom Brady: Getting called GOAT ‘makes me cringe’
Tom Brady has long dealt with accolades, including being hailed as the “GOAT,” or “Greatest of All-Time.” Despite just winning his sixth Super Bowl, the New England Patriots quarterback claims to remain extremely uncomfortable with the GOAT moniker.
Despite an uneven performance in Super Bowl LIII — especially by his standards — the Patriots did eke out a 13-3 triumph over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Speaking with Michael Strahan for a segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Brady insisted he prefers that the chatter surrounding him to be more unflattering and derogatory in nature as opposed to fawning praise.
"It makes me cringe!"— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 5, 2019
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“I don’t even like that,” Brady said. “I don’t even like it. It makes me cringe. It makes me cringe. I guess I take compliments worse than — I wish you would say, ‘You’re trash. You’re too old, you’re too slow, you can’t get it done no more.’ And I would say, ‘Thank you very much! I’m going to go prove you wrong.’”
Brady has regularly expressed discomfort over the GOAT label, despite the fact he played an integral role in the term being added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
That said, only the biggest of Brady haters and doubters — of which of course there are many — could forward the argument that he is not the greatest of all-time, at the very least as it relates to NFL quarterbacks.
The resumé Brady boasts — nine Super Bowl appearances, six Lombardi Trophies, four Super Bowl MVPs, three-time NFL MVP, three First-Team All-Pro nods, the list goes on and on — makes the GOAT moniker undoubtedly fitting and certainly deserving.