Love him or hate him, there’s no arguing that Tom Brady has had a Hall of Fame career.
But, if you look at the New England Patriots quarterback’s career as two separate entities using the season he missed due to injury as the line of demarcation, it turns out Brady would have qualified for two Hall of Fame careers.
Examing Brady’s 19-year career as two parts with the lost 2008 year in the middle gives him eight seasons pre-injury and 10 afterward.
Prior to his injury, Brady was a regular-season MVP once, started four Super Bowls and won three of them. In the four Super Sundays, Brady collected two Super Bowl MVP awards.
After the knee injury, Brady has been even better career: He’ll be starting his fifth Super Bowl since the knee injury on February 3rd. At worst, he’ll have two rings and two Super Bowl MVPs in those five starts and has the chance to collect one more of each against the Rams. He’s also won two regular-season MVPs since missing 2008.
Both careers would earn him a spot in Canton as every quarterback who’s started at least three Super Bowls is already in the Hall of Fame or is a virtual lock to get in when eligible.