Yesterday, Tom Brady made his first appearance in the NFC Championship game. In his first 20 years in the NFL, you'll remember, Brady played for the New England Patriots (part of the AFC), and made a rippling (though not quite surprising) move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the last off-season.
The quarterback's success in a new conference has led many to question whether his old coach, Bill Belichick, did not, in fact, have as much bearing on his achievements as previously thought -- fans are giving the Pats' head coach a little bit of a ribbing today for that.
But Brady accomplished what many may not have, working through a completely different roster of teams to make his way to where he's most comfortable: the Super Bowl. The quarterback has appeared in the big game more than any other player in the NFL, and he's got the most rings -- six to linebacker Charles Haley's five, who was a popular player in the '80s and '90s.
Plus, he's made history (again), as this will be the first time that the Super Bowl will be played on one of the competing team's home turf, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Not only does Brady get to play in his 10th Super Bowl, but he gets to do it from home.
There's no denying that Brady has earned his nickname of "the GOAT" (greatest of all time), even if this particular Super Bowl appearance may sting a little for this Patriots fan. It's not very often that a player garners the respect of most every single player in the league -- even those he left behind on his former team. Nevertheless, players past and present are throwing their support behind Brady as he prepares for Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs, even as experts are calling young KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes the new GOAT.
Here are some of the nice messages Brady's received on social media since going 31-26 against Green Bay yesterday.