American Football The NFL without Tom Brady: who can take over his succession?
Berlin – The NFL has to do without Tom Brady – for the first time after 22 years. Since the weekend, the rumor was in the world, since Tuesday it is official: The most successful football pro in the history of the National Football League does not play on.
A look at who might succeed the 44-year-old quarterback – athletically and as a league personality.
Brady as the face of the league
For the U.S. media, the matter is clear: Without Brady, Patrick Mahomes is the most important man. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback is indisputably a talent of the century, and since signing his current ten-year contract worth up to half a billion U.S. dollars, he has been paid accordingly. In the past four years, the Chiefs were always in the Conference Final, 2020 and 2021 in the Super Bowl. In 2020, Mahomes won his first title – but after last week’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, he admitted that his respect for Brady and his ten appearances and seven Super Bowl victories had increased again.
Mahomes is undoubtedly the face of the league, at least in the coming season; he has too much of a head start on all the other players. But young quarterbacks like Joe Burrow of the Bengals, who put an exclamation point on the Super Bowl in just his second season, and Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers also have enough charisma to grow into the role over time. But the examples of Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys), Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens) and also Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) show that harder times could also lie ahead.
Brady as the league’s most successful pro
Seven Super Bowl wins – Brady probably has this record for the ages. Before the 56. Edition on 13. February, no other player has more than five; of the still active professional football players, no one has more than three rings for the final triumph. Because careers in the NFL are over for most players after only a few years, only quarterbacks realistically have enough time in the league.
But even Aaron Rodgers, who is indisputably one of the best quarterbacks in history and often had a good team around him with the Green Bay Packers, has won the Super Bowl just once in 17 years. Since the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger from the Pittsburgh Steelers last week and now Brady’s, there isn’t a single one among active playmakers who has gone on to more than one Super Bowl win. Matthew Stafford of the Los Angeles Rams and Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals, who play each other in the Super Bowl in just under two weeks, have never won. So for at least the next seven years, Brady has the record locked up.
Brady as quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Under contract, the preseason Super Bowl winner has only Kyle Trask remaining. The 23-year-old hasn’t played a second in the NFL since the Bucs selected him in the second round of the draft a year ago. Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin have significantly more experience but little success and would first have to agree on a new contract with the team. It’s expected, then, that coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht will look to lure a new man to Florida to meet the heightened expectations following Brady’s arrival – within the team as well as among fans. Theoretically, it would be conceivable to sign Jimmy Garoppolo from the San Francisco 49ers, who made the Super Bowl with the team in 2020 and previously coached for years as Brady’s replacement with the New England Patriots.