Eight other signal-callers will join Brady and Montana on the list during a two-hour special Friday at 8 p.m. ET on NFL Network, hosted by Rich Eisen and featuring Bill Belichick and Cris Collinsworth.
Brady's NFL underdog story began in 2000 when he was chosen by New England out of Michigan in the sixth round with the 199th pick of the draft. Brady sat his rookie year behind Drew Bledsoe before a serious injury to the starter in Week 2 of the 2001 season thrust Brady into the starting role. TB12 would never relinquish it.
Over the last 19 years, Brady and Patriots coach Bill Belichick have led the Patriots on an unprecedented run of dominance: 17 division titles, nine straight first-round byes, nine Super Bowl appearances and six Super Bowl victories. And they're not done. New England clinched its 11th consecutive playoff berth last week and its 11 straight division title on Saturday.
All the while, Brady has been a model of prolific consistency, constantly resetting the standards for play, success and longevity at the QB position. After suffering a season-ending ACL injury at the age of 31 in 2008, Brady came back the next year and won Comeback Player of the Year; he has as many Super Bowl titles before the injury as he does after it.
A 14-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, Brady has won MVP three times and Super Bowl MVP four times.
Entering Week 16, Brady boasted a regular-season record of 218-63, a 63.8 completion percentage, 74,079 career passing yards (second all-time), 538 touchdowns (third) and 178 interceptions.