Tom Brady earned his NFL-record 201st career win Sunday as the New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams at Gillette Stadium. Plenty more wins could be on the way, too, as Brady has shown no signs of slowing down at age 39.
But some victories just are bigger than others. And when Brady was asked Monday on WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan” about which of his 201 career wins holds the most meaning, the Patriots quarterback pointed to his fourth and most recent Super Bowl triumph.
“One win? Probably the Seahawks Super Bowl,” Brady said, per WEEI.com, in reference to New England’s Super Bowl XLIX win over Seattle on Feb. 1, 2015. “Just because it was so long — three of the first four years I played to win, it was so strange. I don’t want to say you took it for granted, but you took it for granted. Just kind of, ‘Yeah, we’re going to be in the playoffs every year and we’re going to the Super Bowl every year.’ It’s like, ‘What is the big deal? Our season always ends in February anyway.’
“Then to go that long without winning another one and to realize, ‘Man, this is so hard every year.’ In ’07 we had an incredible season, and 2010 we had a great year and didn’t win it. 2011 we get to the Super Bowl and didn’t win it. Then ’12 and ’13 and finally to get there in ’14 and win it all again, just an incredible feeling against a team that I thought was one of the best teams we’ve ever played against.”
Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to win Super Bowl XLIX, which was sealed when New England cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass near the goal line in the final minute. Brady’s play was especially amazing down the stretch, earning him his third Super Bowl MVP award.
But, as Brady mentioned, the win was significant for reasons beyond his performance. The Seahawks were a force in the NFC during the 2014 NFL campaign, and the Patriots had lost their last two Super Bowl appearances after winning three titles in Brady’s first four seasons at the helm.
“That was probably the one that sinks in the most when I think about it,” Brady said, according to WEEI.com, of Super Bowl XLIX. “It was a great team. It was a great game. It was the biggest moment. Our team came through. … Malcolm has the truck, man. Thank God for Malcolm Butler.”
Brady has been adamant that he’s not yet considering retirement, so perhaps his answer to Monday’s question will change before all is said and done. Either way, it’s been an incredible career to this point, and there have been no shortage of memorable victories.
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