Tom Brady Already Holds One Of NFL’s Most Impressive Records
December 5 / Tanya Ray Fox / SportsGrid
Tom Brady set the all-time record for career wins in the NFL on Sunday with 201, breaking Peyton Manning's record of 200 that he set when he won the Super Bowl last season and promptly retired. It took Brady 30 fewer games to surpass the milestone, and it is just the latest in a collection of impressive records that Brady will hold when he also decides to retire.
There's one quarterback record that stands out more than any of his others, though. Brady holds the all-time record for playoff games started (31) and most importantly, playoff wins (22). He secured the record for playoff starts last year when he surpassed Jerry Rice's 29.
The only active player of any position that even comes close to surpassing Brady in playoff appearances and appearances in postseason wins is his former teammate Adam Vinatieri, who has been a part of 20 postseason victories and has also played in 31 playoff games.
But as far as starting players go, Brady is in a league of his own and is very unlikely to ever be caught. The next closest active player on the list is another of Brady's former teammates, Vince Wilfork, who has started in 20 playoff games and won 14. Dwight Freeney has started 17 playoff games, played in 19 and won 10; and Terrell Suggs has also started in 17 and won 10.
The next closest active quarterback to Brady's record is Ben Roethlisberger, who has started in 17 playoff games and won 11. It's not totally out of the realm that Big Ben could catch up some day. He is five years younger than Brady after all. But he would have to stay healthy and consistently make it at least the AFC Championship game for the rest of his career in order to do it; and that's just if Brady retired tomorrow.
A guy like Russell Wilson could conceivably be in the mix as well. He's on a Brady-esque pace in his first five seasons, set to make the playoffs yet again with 10 starts and 7 wins already under his belt. But he'd have to stay close to that pace for the rest of his career in order to surpass Brady. And once again, that's if Brady retires tomorrow; which he definitely not.
So not only is it unlikely that a quarterback will surpass Brady, but it's unlikely that anyone at any position will do so; making it an even more incredible achievement. To be fair though, there are some pretty mind blowing records in the books that cannot go unmentioned in an article like this.
Here are some of the most unattainable career records in the NFL as it stands right now: