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Pro Blue: Tom Brady has another shot at making NFL history

Tom Brady, the most famous Michigan football alum of all-time, could write his name into the NFL record books yet again in 2023.



Jan 1, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks on during a timeout against the Carolina Panthers in the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

After winning six Super Bowls throughout his time in New England, former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady decided to leave the Patriots in search of a new home. He landed in Tampa Bay — one of the worst franchises in the NFL at the time — and in just one year took the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl victory.

Brady’s 7th Super Bowl ring gives the former Wolverine more rings than any player or team in the league, not to mention establishing him as the undisputed “GOAT” (Greatest of All Time). Now, even after breaking every record you can name and winning seven Super Bowls, Brady has another shot at history in this year’s NFL Playoffs.

What could Tom Brady do?

Right now, Tampa Bay has an 8-9 overall record, yet still managed to win its division and secure the automatic Playoff berth. Luckily for Tom Brady, the NFL South was hot garbage this year, and his Buccaneers were the only team to finish better than 7-10 overall. The 4th seed Bucs (8-9) are set to host the 5th seed Dallas Cowboys (12-5) at 8:15 PM (EST) on Monday night.

A win over Dallas would send Brady’s squad to the divisional round and put him one step closer to history. What history is he making, you ask? The closest that we have come to a losing team winning a Super Bowl was in 2011-12 when the 9-7 (.559 win %) made a historic run through the Playoffs. Now, Tom Brady could break that record with a .471 win percentage.

Can Brady win his eighth ring?

As this point in Tom Brady’s career, he is playing with house money. Brady has broken every record, conquered every franchise, won seven rings, and more. Going on 46 years old, Tom Brady has nothing left to prove; instead, he is merely widening the gap between him and everyone else.

If Tom Brady wins his eighth Super Bowl ring he will have two more rings than any NFL franchise (Steelers and Patriots both have six). Additionally, he would do so with a losing record — something that has never been done  or thought possible before. Brady is already the GOAT, and if he pulls this off, his legacy will be larger than life.

For Michigan football, this is an exciting time. Seeing Wolverines succeed at the next level is a great sight for U-M fans, and no one has had more NFL success than former Michigan starter Tom Brady. In 1998 and 1999, Tom Brady was the Wolverines’ starting quarterback and helped lead U-M to a 20-5 overall record, two ranked finishes, a Big Ten Championship, a Citrus Bowl win, and an Orange Bowl win. Brady was also a member of Michigan’s National Championship squad in 1997.

In Brady’s final game in the Maize and Blue, he led U-M to a top-5 finish after defeating No. 5 Alabama 35-34 in overtime during the 2000 FedEx Orange Bowl. Even though no one knows when Brady will officially call it quits, we’d love to see him end his pro career on a similar note.