It’s a question that might tick many a sports fan off. Because, seriously. How does one even compare to the G.O.A.T. of professional football? Maybe nobody can. But let’s not forget the mind blowing that John Madden did back in 2002. When he compared a young Tom Brady to Joe Montana. It was almost blasphemy to some Montana fans. Let’s refresh our memories.
When John Madden compared a 25-year-old @TomBrady to Joe Montana. (Sept. 9, 2002) pic.twitter.com/z3GLPW5tdp— NFL Legacy (@NFLLegacy) March 30, 2022
Madden said “I hate what I’m going to say, but I’m going to say it anyway, Tom Brady and his calmness reminds me of Joe Montana. I’m not saying Tom Brady is Joe Montana, but I’m saying the way he gets back there and makes everything look so effortlessly and easy, he reminds me of Joe Montana” (cbssports.com).
Madden was reluctant to even suggest someone might compare to Montana. And yet here we are. Rowing the same boat. Saying nobody can compare to Tom Brady. He is truly an amazing athlete. And I’m not saying we will find that guy that will be the new Brady. I’m just saying we shouldn’t rule it out.
AND let’s not forget that Tom Brady was drafted 199th. In the 6th round. His performance at the 2000 NFL Combine was viewed as average by many. His physical prowess during those sprinting and passing rounds weren’t the most impressive. He was called skinny and sluggish. And he set one of the poorest sprinting times of that year, according to sportskeeda.com.
Now, 23 years and seven Super Bowl rings later, he’s considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. All this from the kid who was a backup quarterback at Michigan and the seventh quarterback picked at the 2000 NFL draft.
And where are the first six quarterback picks of that same year? Pennington, Carmazzi, Redman, Martin, Bulger, and Wynn. Those names ring a bell? Probably not to the average fan. Not one of those first six draft picks are still playing in the NFL, let alone breaking NFL records.
It just goes to show you, you never know where greatness can come from when it comes to sports. With that being said, here are a few quarterbacks that might just have a chance at being the next NFL G.O.A.T. – Wendy Rush