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Tom Brady, the Roger Federer of football (in more ways than one)

  Tom Brady in action against the Minnesota Vikings last year. Photograph by Andrew Campbell.

Tom Brady in action against the Minnesota Vikings last year. Photograph by Andrew Campbell.

It’s football’s off-season. Let the games begin.

First, it was something called “Aaron Rodgers Week” on the NFL Network. (Is that like “Rita Hayworth Week” on Movies.com?). So this engendered an article on whether Tom Brady or Andrew Luck is a better quarterback than Rodgers.

Really, I’m no fan of Brady, but you have to give it to him for leading the New England Patriots to four Super Bowl titles. He’s the greatest quarterback in the game today, just as Roger Federer’s 17 Grand Slam titles make him the greatest tennis player today. Yes, there are other measures of an athlete, and anyone can beat the best on any given day. But it’s hard to argue with the Super Bowl and the Slams as the measures of the players in football and tennis respectively.

Of course, you’d get no argument from Brady and Fed here. Modesty – false or otherwise – is not their strong suit. Now if you were to ask who is the greatest QB or tennis player to date, well, there are others to give them a run for their money.

Just a little something for Tom and Rog to think about. And it brings to mind a classic line from a not particularly great movie, “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” –

“There’s always a bigger fish."