The quarterback most likely to win a ring? It's usually a guy who's already got one.
This year? A little different.
Or his older brother ... to the dismay of millions who'd come to expect a championship with his comeback.
You can cross him off the list, too.
Only one of the old guard remains. And it's not that he's still standing; it's that he's making history.
Seventeen victories. The most of any quarterback -- ever -- in football's second season.
I'm not arguing Brady is perfect. Unlike some of these kids, he would not be described as athletic.
(Perhaps more troubling? Some of his sartorial choices. Tom, really; leave that stuff to Beckham, OK?)
Then again, perhaps this was Tom Brady's real genius, a tough guy wearing a pretty boy's disguise.
On Feb. 3, 2002, he won his first Super Bowl MVP.
Now, a win next Sunday will earn Brady a record six Super Bowl starts.
Watch closely, all you young quarterbacking prodigies.
Oh, it'll happen.
But never again.
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