Tom Brady misses out on 99 club despite cover appearance and Super Bowl year

Rodney Dangerfield was famous for popularizing the phrase “no respect.” Tom Brady is undoubtedly uttering the phrase to himself after checking out his rating in Madden 22. Despite everything he accomplished in 2021, he was assigned *only* a 97 overall rating.

The rating is the second best in the game, but two steps behind Patrick Mahomes’ 99 overall rating. Here is the case for an immediate tweak to the rating to boost him into the 99 club.

No respect for Tom Brady

At the end of the 2019 season, Tom Brady was fed up with the stoic culture of the New England Patriots and needed a breath of fresh air. He got just that with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Up until 2020, the only other player to switch teams and win a Super Bowl was Peyton Manning, who moved from the Colts to the Broncos.

However, it took Peyton Manning four full seasons to accomplish a Super Bowl victory. It took Tom Brady one year. During that year, Tom Brady had to learn a brand-new playbook. Bruce Arians’ offense is one of the most notoriously difficult offenses to learn.

In his first season working with the offense, Carson Palmer threw for 24 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. It took him three seasons to become fully comfortable with the offense. In his third year, Palmer threw for 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Josh Rosen started out even worse when he threw for 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Tom Brady ended his first season on the offense with more than 4,600 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, the second-best season total of his glittering 20-year career.

Admittedly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers started 7-5 and seemed to be on the cusp of stumbling out of the hunt for the playoffs. Tom Brady took that as a cue to find another gear.

The team won the next four games of the regular season, sneaking into the Wild Card round, and won four more playoff games en route to a Super Bowl victory.

Super Bowl LV
Super Bowl LV

During their eight-game winning streak, the Buccaneers were the best team in the NFL. Tom Brady went on to face Patrick Mahomes, whom he defeated handsomely, leaving the Chiefs with a final deficit of 31-9. All this after playing with a fully torn MCL injury, which, of course, he kept secret for most of the year.

Put simply, if Tom Brady’s storied career, combined with his legendary 2020 season, was not enough for a 99-club invitation, maybe Brady just needs to find a magic lamp and have it has one of his three wishes.


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