Tom Brady earned his fourth Super Bowl ring when the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX — and his third Super Bowl MVP award. The win cements Brady’s place in NFL history as not only the best quarterback to ever play — but the best player in NFL history, period.
Greatness seems to follow greatness — so it’s fitting that Brady’s favorite band is U2, who are also the best-ever at what they do. Yes, that’s right: U2 are better than The Beatles, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, The Police, Nirvana and anyone else you may elect to put on your music Mount Rushmore.
There are going to be plenty of people who say Brady isn’t as good as Joe Montana, and there are going to be plenty of people who deny U2’s greatness — but if you simply look at the facts, both truths are undeniable.
Brady is the first — and only — quarterback to appear in six Super Bowls. John Elway, who went 2-3 in Super Bowls, is the only other quarterback to appear in five.
U2 have won more Grammy awards than any other band in history with 22. Sir Georg Solti (31), Quincy Jones and Alison Krauss (27), Pierre Boulez (26) and Vladimir Horowitz (25) have won more — but as individuals. Additionally, U2 have won the Album of the Year Grammy twice, for The Joshua Tree and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
Brady has had a steadily successful career — and has been a starter in the NFL since 2001. He missed just one season because of injury in 2008.
Like Brady, U2 have enjoyed a long, successful career, and have featured the same four members since the band’s debut album, Boy, in 1980.
No quarterback has ever done more with less. True, Joe Montana did go 4-0 in Super Bowls — but he also did it with Hall of Famer Jerry Rice on his team. The San Francisco 49ers’ dynasty also came prior to the era of unrestricted free agency and the salary cap. The Patriots’ four Super Bowls? Yep, they came during the era of free agency and the salary cap.
Think about who Brady has played with offensively. Yes, he had Randy Moss for a few years. When Brady and Moss were together, they were virtually unstoppable, and came within minutes of completing the only 19-0 season in NFL history. Other than Moss, Brady has not played with a Hall of Fame caliber weapon on offense — though Rob Gronkowski could be well on his way to starting a Hall of Fame career. Brady finds a way to make everybody around him better, and it doesn’t seem to matter who the Patriots line up at wide receiver or running back, as long as No. 12 is the quarterback.
U2, meanwhile, also get the most out of themselves. The Edge is certainly unique and is one of the best guitarists of his generation, but very few would put him in the conversation of best guitarist of all-time. Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton provide excellent rhymtm sections consistently, but are almost never considered the best at what they do individually. Bono is considered one of the best front men of all-time, but, not all would agree that he has the best technical voice ever.
The whole of U2 is greater than the sum of its parts. Together, U2 are the best band, but individually — if they went their own ways in their career — they most certainly would not be considered legends.
Additionally, U2’s place in musical history is unique. Like Brady has been forced to use new weapons on offense season after season, U2’s sound has changed throughout the years as well. Go and listen to “I Will Follow,” “Gloria,” “New Year’s Day,” “Bad,” “Running to Stand Still,” “When Love Comes to Town,” “Until the End of the World,” “Zooropa,” “Lemon,” “Mofo,” “Kite,” “Vertigo,” “Moment of Surrender,” and “Every Breaking Wave” — it is simply amazing that the same band recorded songs that sound so different over the course of their career.
Oh yeah — let’s not forget about Brady’s wins. He has the most playoff wins by a quarterback with 21. He has the highest winning percentage of all quarterbacks who rank in the top 50 in wins — with a winning percentage of .773, safely higher than Roger Staubach’s .746, who is second behind Brady.
Brady has a drive to be the best of all-time, and that drive helped him realize his potential. Once again like Brady, U2 have had the drive to be the biggest band in the world, and they achieved that time and time again, thanks to the Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, and All That You Can’t Leave Behind — U2’s “Super Bowl” victories.
Last, but certainly not least, both U2 and Tom Brady are involved in activities off the field and off the stage. Bono spearheaded the One campaign to make poverty history — and Brady is a part of that very campaign.
The admiration isn’t a one-way street, either. True, U2 are Brady’s favorite band — but Bono has some kind words to say about Brady as well:
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