New England Patriots: Tom Brady’s legacy will always be legendary

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

If Tom Brady leaves the New England Patriots, his legacy will not be tarnished and it’s crazy to think otherwise.

After 20 years, Tom Brady may no longer be the face of the New England Patriots franchise. With his free agency decision looming around, nobody really knows what the next chapter is for Brady.

If he does decide to leave the Patriots in free agency, will his legacy become tarnished?

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Brady has already accomplished all there is in the NFL. He’s a six-time Super Bowl champion, a four-time Super Bowl MVP, a three-time league MVP, has been named to 14 Pro Bowls, and is the winningest quarterback in the history of the NFL with 219 career victories.

It’s worth mentioning that there have been many great quarterbacks who didn’t finish their illustrious careers with their respective franchises. One name that quickly comes to mind is one of Brady’s football heroes, Joe Montana.

Montana was at the top of the NFL during his playing days and spent what many people thought would have been his entire 16 year career with the San Francisco 49ers. He led the 49ers to victory in four Super Bowl’s and was named MVP in three out of the four games.

At the end of his career, many people were under the assumption that Montana was “washed up” and ready for retirement. He was then traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993 and silenced the critics by leading the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game.

What’s comparable about Brady and Montana isn’t so much the Super Bowl victories and all their added accolades throughout their careers. But more so the drive to keep playing even when the world is telling them to retire.

Brady is going to be entering his 21st season in the NFL, and at 43 years old, he seems to still be a potential hot-commodity around the league. And why not? Besides his age, there is no reason any team should be turned-off from the chance of having Brady as their starting quarterback for the last year or two of his career.

There are already teams who are preparing to offer Brady a contract if he does slip into free agency by the second week in March. Some of those teams looking for a quarterback upgrade include the Las Vegas Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, and the Los Angeles Chargers.

So, back to Brady’s legacy being tarnished if he doesn’t finish his career in New England. I really don’t think it can be.

Patriot fans need to realize that Brady has given the franchise everything he could in his 20 years and they cannot be disappointed by his upcoming decision.

Considering the number of free agents the team has this offseason, the Patriots seem to be in a bit of a rebuild. With that being said, why should Brady be part of that?

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At this point in his career, Brady is looking for the best opportunity to win, and unfortunately, the Patriots haven’t given him the necessary pieces to be successful.

Due to the success Brady and the New England Patriots have had over the course of the last 20 years, it has become “Super Bowl or bust” for the Patriots. Meaning if the Pats don’t make it to the Super Bowl, it’s almost looked at like it was a terrible and useless season.

But then there are teams around the league who haven’t even come close to sniffing the playoffs, and what we in New England would call a “terrible season”, may actually be considered one of the greatest seasons in a long time for another team.

I would absolutely love for Brady to one day retire wearing a New England Patriots jersey. Just picturing him in another jersey just doesn’t sound right.

But Brady feels like he still has so much left to give back to the game of football and that’s what ultimately is going to push him out of New England.

Brady should feel intrigued by potentially being the face of another franchise in the NFL, and there is nothing wrong with that. He is arguably the greatest player in the history of the game, and it would be huge for the NFL if Brady joined another team.

The Raiders are going to be opening a new stadium in Las Vegas, a city that has never been the host to an NFL team (Vegas will also be the home of next year’s Super Bowl.) As well as the Chargers, who are also introducing a new stadium this season in Los Angeles.

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So, again, will Brady’s legacy be tarnished if he joins another team? No. It’s ludicrous to think that if he plays for another team that isn’t the New England Patriots, that he would be unsuccessful and that his legacy would be ruined. You can never take away his six Super Bowl rings.