Chances are you aren't a football fan if you've never heard or participated in a discussion about the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
From Manning and Montana to Marino and Favre, the debate usually comes down to the greatest amount of postseason success. While guys like Unitas, Bradshaw, Elway and the aforementioned four have postseason success in spades, this is one debate we can finally put to bed.
Love him or hate him, Tom Brady is officially the GOAT (Greatest of all time). Yes, even before the Super Bowl is played this weekend, the Patriots field general has put an end to the debate once and for all.
Sunday's 53rd Super Bowl will be Brady's ninth. In four of his five Super Bowl wins, Brady was the MVP of the game.
Oddsmakers believe Brady will win his sixth Lombardi trophy Sunday.
At a time when most quarterbacks are slowing down and retiring, Brady at age 41 is playing in his fourth Super Bowl in five years.
If the Patriots win Sunday, Brady will have a Super Bowl championship in his 20s, 30s, and 40s. There is no more debate about the greatest quarterback of all time.
You can say he's benefited by having arguably the greatest head coach of all time. You can say he has cheated because of Deflategate. You can hate him because he's married to a supermodel.
It honestly doesn't matter. Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback and maybe the greatest football player in NFL history.
Sunday will be Brady's 40th postseason start. If he beats the Rams, it will be his 30th postseason win. Do you realize how incredible that is?
Football fans have never seen this kind of success from a quarterback before and it will likely never see it again.
Those of us who remember Michael Jordan's NBA success can say we witnessed greatness. NBA fans and the NBA itself have been pining for another player of Jordan's caliber. But even Jordan can't boast the success that Brady has had.
Blame it on longevity if you want, but Brady has survived in a far harsher sport than Jordan. Did I mention Brady has the chance to win a Super Bowl in three different decades of his life?
My advice for football fans is to enjoy Sunday's game. Enjoy watching greatness. Stop quibbling because a guy you don't like is successful.
Watch every minute of the game and realize what you are watching. You may never see it again.
Then again you may see it a few more times since Brady plans to play until he's 45.