3 reasons why Tom Brady doesn't like being called the GOAT

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Tom Brady has long been referred to as the greatest NFL player of all time aka the “GOAT.” The GOAT discussion has been raging across all sports and is debated daily on sports talk radio, podcasts and television. Very few athletes, though, have cemented their names in this discussion.

Brady sits alone at the top of the NFL's greatest of all time debates, and with seven Super Bowl rings to his name, it's hard to argue otherwise.

Tom Brady dislikes the "NFL GOAT" title

Many NFL fans probably don’t know that the man, the myth, the legend himself, Tom Edward Patrick Brady Jr. doesn’t like to be called the GOAT.


After winning his sixth Super Bowl ring, Brady sat down with NFL great turned broadcaster Michael Strahan, where he revealed his dislike for the GOAT title.

Let's take a closer look at three reasons why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback does not like being called the GOAT.

#1 - It makes him cringe

During his chat with New York Giants legend Michael Strahan, Tom Brady talked about being called the GOAT. The Tampa Bay supersta said he finds the title "cringeworthy."

“I don’t even like that. I don’t even like it. It makes me cringe, it makes me cringe. It makes me cringe…..” , Brady said.

#2 - Brady doesn't take compliments well

Tom Brady then went on to explain that he doesn’t take compliments well. The legendary signal-caller claimed he would rather hear people talk about him than shower him with praise.

“I guess I take compliments worse than I take…I wish you would say, ‘you’re trash, you’re too old, you’re too slow, you can’t get it done no more and I would say ‘thank you very much, I’m gonna go prove you wrong.'” Brady stated.

#3 - Motivation

As Tom Brady’s quote above-mentioned illustrates, he is always looking for motivation to prove people wrong. Remember, this is a guy who was drafted 199th overall in the 2000 NFL Draft.

This is also what a number of top athletes have referred to, claiming that the jibes only work to fuel the desire to win at all costs. It's what drove Michael Jordan to unprecedented heights and it's what drives the ultra-competitive Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB.

Tom Brady's notable NFL records

  • Seven-time Super Bowl champion
  • Five-time Super Bowl MVP
  • Three-time NFL MVP
  • Two-time NFL Offensive Player of the Year
  • NFL comeback Player of the Year
  • 14-time Pro Bowler
  • Most NFL career wins
  • Most career touchdown passes
  • Most career passing yards
  • Most career passing attempts

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Edited by Colin D'Cunha